Skip to comments.Panetta calls for deep U.S.-India defense ties, more arms trade
Posted on 06/06/2012 12:31:40 PM PDT by moonshot925
(Reuters) - The Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised on Wednesday to let India buy America's best weapons technology and jointly produce and develop equipment in a bid to increase trade with the world's top arms importer.
India last year agreed to buy a fleet of C-17 transport planes and P-81 maritime surveillance jets from U.S. company Boeing, as well as Lockheed Martin's Super Hercules.
It is at a late stage of talks to buy more than a dozen Boeing Apache helicopters and last month cleared the purchase of 145 M777 Howitzer artillery guns. Panetta made no public mention of these deals while he was in India.
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DUH! What took the idiots so long to understand this?
Weapons got us out of the last great depression. I guess finding another global war will do the same?
War is never the answer.
To win 100 victories in battles is not the acme of skill
To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
- Sun Tzu
The problem, historically, was India’s ties to the Soviet Union, despite being “non-aligned.”
But it’s nice to have them on our side.
I agree. I believe India is a good ally and I understand they have fairly good relations with Israel too.
I believe its more about Pakistan. They take our money and spit in our faces and we take it because we need them as an ally or at the very least, we don’t want them collapsing and having a radical takeover of a country with nukes.
Cozying up to India might just scare them. And if it looked like the Pakistani government was going to fall, our options are multiplied.
“The problem, historically, was Indias ties to the Soviet Union, despite being non-aligned.
But its nice to have them on our side.”
Agreed. Our client back then was Pakistan. This is an improvement.
This is a P-81:
Luckily for the Indians, they are not purchasing P-81s. The Indians are purchasing P-8Is (militarized 737):
I can see outsourcing our military contract work to India as well unfortunately......