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With an eye on China, US to develop drones with India

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States and India will co-develop drones, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday, as Washington seeks closer ties with Delhi as a way of countering China.

India will build these aircraft and export them to other countries in its region, this official said.

Delhi wants to diversify its weaponry, which is mainly Russian-made, and also to develop its own defense industry.

‘And we want to support India on both fronts and are doing so,’ Eli Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told a group of reporters and defense experts.

‘In practical terms, that means that we’re going to be working closely with India on co-producing and co-developing capabilities that will support India’s own defense modernization goals,’ Ratner said…”

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