India, US discuss opportunities to strengthen space cooperation | India News

NEW DELHI: India’s joint secretary for International Cooperation, Vishwesh Negi and the US acting assistant secretary of defence for space policy, Vipin Narang, discussed space cooperation opportunites during the second annual US-India Advanced Domains Defense Dialogue (AD3) at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on Thursday .
Commander Jessica Anderson, spokesperson for the US Department of Defence, in a statement said, “”The dialogue executes a commitment by the US Secretary of Defense and Indian minister of Defense during the 2022 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue to deepen collaboration on evolving and emerging defense domains, including space.During this year’s Dialogue, Dr Narang and Mr. Negi discussed opportunities to strengthen space cooperation and identified potential areas for collaboration with US industry.”
Additionally, the Indian delegation also engaged with the US Space Command, the Joint Commercial Operations Cell, and artificial intelligence experts from various divisions of the US Department of Defense.
“Among a group of US and Indian defense officials, Dr. Narang and Mr. Negi co-chaired the first US-India principal-level tabletop discussion that explored areas to enhance cooperation in the space domain. They agreed to advance AD3 through regular working group discussions. The visiting Indian Government delegation also engaged with US Space Command, the Joint Commercial Operations Cell, and artificial intelligence experts from across the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Anderson.
In a separate development, the Indo-US joint working group, operating under the Defence Tech and Trade Initiative (DTTI), held a two-day meeting in New Delhi in April to strengthen defence collaboration between the two countries. The meeting, which took place on April 29-30, focused on leveraging the respective strengths of both nations to enhance defence cooperation and co-production.
Key officials, including Brigadier General Joel W Safranek and Air Vice Marshal George Thomas, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), engaged in intensive sessions to discuss strategic plans aimed at deepening bilateral defence ties.
Indian Air Force, while sharing the details of the meeting, said, “On 29 and 30 Apr 24, the Indo-US joint working group under the Defence Tech & Trade Initiative between #USA & #India held a two-day meet at New Delhi where Brig Gen Joel W Safranek, Director, AFSAC met Air Marshal Ashutosh Dixit.”
“The co-chairs of the group, Brig Gen Joel W Safranek, Director and Air Vice Marshal George Thomas, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) discussed innovative plans to leverage the strengths of both partner nations to enhance defence collaboration and co-production. DTTI is a mechanism developed in 2012 to deepen bilateral defence cooperation focused on overcoming challenges by partnership and cooperative research,” it added.

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