U.S. says would back Indiabuying U.S.aircraft carrier technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. governmentwould support selling General Atomics' electromagnetic launching system foraircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to India, the Pentagon's chiefweapons buyer told Reuters on Friday.
Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, whoheads a joint U.S.-India defence trade and technology effort, said he wasoptimistic about the two countries' efforts to cooperate on a planned aircraftcarrier for India.
"I'm optimistic about cooperating withthem on that," Kendall told Reuters in an interview, when asked about thepossibility of Indiaacquiring the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) built by privatelyheld General Atomics, which is based in San Diego, California.
"They’re going to have to make their owndecision about what technology they want, but I don't see any fundamentalobstacles to them acquiring some of our carrier technologies, if they wantthem," he said.
India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S.technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, in amove that would deepen cooperation between both countries and counter China'smilitary influence in the region.
General Atomics, which has also proposedselling the system to Brazil,says selling the system to foreign countries could help lower the cost ofinstalling the system on the new Gerald R. Ford class of U.S. Navy aircraftcarriers being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc (HII.N).
Margarett 14 hours ago
As a U.S.citizen - I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM with selling ANY technology to India. They ARENOT an ally and really, never have been. Their human rights standards aredeplorable. Regardless of what they say out of one side of their politicalmouths, they turn around and suck up to Russiaand Chinaout of the other two or three. Trust is not in their nature nor is loyalty. TheU.S. needs to learn to keep such technology at home not share it with a thirdworld nation that will share it with whom ever they wish to advance their ownagenda.
Jolly 14 hours ago
This is about developing a US ally in theregion as a counterweight to the Chinese.
The Indians and the Chinese hate each other.
DAMUGS 14 hours ago
Why not sell the Kitty Hawk. Could make some good money off of a ship that will be sentto the scrap heap soon enough.