The U.S. State Department has
approved two potential missile deals with India, for an estimated $92
million and $63 million, the State Department has said in a statement.
The first deal, for which
Boeing is the contractor, is for ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched
missiles and related equipment.
The second deal, for $63
million, for torpedoes which are expected to enhance India’s
anti-submarine warfare capability and can be used with the P-8I.
of Indo-American relations
India-US relations have
become increasingly multi-faceted, covering cooperation in areas such as
trade, defence and security, education, science and technology, civil
nuclear energy, space technology and applications, environment and health.
Grassroot level interactions
between the people of the two nations provide further vitality and
strength to this bilateral relationship.
There have been regular
contacts at political and official levels with a wide-ranging dialogue on
bilateral, regional and global issues having taken place.
of recent visit to India by U.S. President Donald Trump
The agreement signed for
defence purchases worth $3-billion, including American helicopters (MH-60
Romeo helicopters), has led to both sides signalling more cooperation in
defence, military exercises and technology sharing.
MoU signed for Petronet to
invest in American gas company Tellurian.
A commercial agreement for
Westinghouse to build six nuclear reactors in Andhra Pradesh.
issues in Indo-U.S. relationship
In June 2019, the Trump
administration decided to terminate India’s benefits under the Generalised
System of Preferences (GSP) scheme, which provides preferential, duty-free
access for over $6 billion worth of products exported from this country to
Removal from the GSP list
amidst rising trade tensions prompted India to finally impose retaliatory
tariffs on several American imports. This made the US approach the WTO
The office of the US Trade
Representative (USTR) has underlined India’s measures to restrict
companies from sending personal data of its citizens outside the country
as a “key” barrier to digital trade.
US has softened its position
on Pakistan in the recent months, due to the role Pakistan can play in the
Afghan deal (between the US and the Taliban).