Indo-US pact to develop futuristic military tech yet to deliver after 6 years
NEW DELHI: The much-touted Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) finalised between India and the US six years ago to jointly develop and produce futuristic weapon systems and technologies, as part of their expanding strategic partnership, has failed to deliver any major concrete results till now.
Though the co-production of advanced military helicopters and infantry combat vehicles as well as cooperation in aircraft carrier technologies remain on the table, another big-ticket project to collaborate on fighter jet engines has nosedived. “But a relatively smaller project to co-develop Sealink Advanced Analysis (S2A) systems to track vessels and enhance maritime domain awareness is close to finalisation now,” said an official.
The US remains one of the biggest arms supplier to India, having bagged contracts for direct sales worth $17 billion just over the last decade. Several other deals, including the $2.1 billion one for 24 naval multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ helicopters and the $1 billion acquisition of the American National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II, are also in the pipeline.
But the DTTI’s professed aim to transform the bilateral “buyer-seller” relationship into co-development and production of weapon systems has remained a pipedream, with both Indian and US officials privately admiting “disappointment” with the progress made under the DTTI of 2012.
India was very keen on the jet engine project, having failed to develop the indigenous Kaveri engine despite spending Rs 2,839 crore on it since 1989, but it hit an insurmountable roadblock earlier this year. “The US refused to share some key technologies we wanted,” said an Indian official.
A US official, however, said, “What we offered India was far more than what we have ever offered to any other country.” The stalemate means India’s indigenous Tejas fighters will continue to be powered by General Electric engines bought directly from the US for the foreseeable future.
The Indian Navy, in turn, is interested in the EMALS (electromagnetic aircraft launch systems) technology, developed by General Atomics, for its proposed second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-II) with CATOBAR (catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery) configuration to launch fighters as well as heavier aircraft from its deck.
But the defence ministry is yet to even give initial approval for construction of the 65,000-tonne IAC-II despite the Navy junking its plan for it to have nuclear-propulsion to bring down the overall cost to around Rs 45,000 crore.
Of the first four modest “pathfinder DTTI projects” announced during the Obama-Modi summit in January 2015, India subsequently rejected the Raven mini-drones and “roll-on, roll-off” intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance modules for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
The other two, mobile generators or electric hybrid power sources and next-generation protective ensemble (chemical-biological warfare protection gear for soldiers) were finalised but are nowhere near being the “unique and transformative military technologies” that India was looking for under the DTTI.
India is, of course, evaluating the US offer for a tri-lateral venture with Israel to develop futuristic infantry combat vehicles, as also participation in its “future vertical-lift (FVL) aircraft” programme for five different helicopters, as was first reported by TOI. But there is no concrete progress yet.
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Don''t be naive to expect transfer of R&D gains from developed countries to India. India has to have its serious R&D which has been neglected and slow to show results or steal the knowledge like Chinese do. Indians unlike Chinese is not disposed to stealing of secrets for their Country.
Despite calling itself super power and spe ding billions India has still not been able to produce reliable engines.
While several engineers of Indian origin are working in almost all advanced US manufacturers, India lags far behind China, France, Germany, Japan,Russia besides USA in precision and hi-technology. India must invest more in R&D to become self reliant.
It is naive to think that the US will share its most sensitive technologies and mortgage its position as the leading military superpower. Besides, with all the smart Indians in the US you should be able to develop your own niche technologies if only you made available the infrastructure and resources or, you can remain dreaming and opt for handouts
US can't be trusted. We developed Brahmos(the best of its class) with help of Russia. We should prefer Russia or Israel.
Proud of India''s cost effective efforts in space technology...Americans are way ahead in research but cost and waste way too much..Americans spent 12 million on research for ball point pens for their astronauts where as Russians gave pencils to their cosmonauts.
Freedom & Progress
Vertical Lift Aircraft I think is a technologically difficult project. You may spend a lot of time and money on the project and not have any good outcome.
Lazy DRDO expects free stuff. Do Something worthwhile and then you can collaborate with US like Israel does in AWACS and Gabriel Missile and LITENING targeting pod.
We must start building our own, instead of blaming previous Governments, enough of blame game. What Modi has done in 4 years?... sooner or later we must instead of begging and waiting.. Never depend on USA..
First of all, the agreement is flawed and stupid. For any agreement to work, there has to be some give and some take. So what is India giving? How can we expect a supplier country that is heavily invested in to selling arms to India at a humongous profit expected to part with a technology that will reduce its own arms sale and kill the golden goose? From the word go, this agreement was never expected to work. Instead, try some specific framework agreement where both can co develop and market together with equal investment, with either country allowed to use the offshoot technologies of that venture elsewhere too. That might work. Our babus probably think everyone is naive like them
USA will not disclose it''s expertise for sure. India will have to develop itself.
Close down DRDO and HAL. Lay off all employees. Buy necessary weapons from US Russia France and Israel. Indians cant make anything on their own. Even computer programing jobs, thanks to invention of desk top computers by USA. Which generated thousands of jobs for Indians. Otherwise Indians cant do anything on their own. Basically Indians are followers not leaders.
But if you ask BJP, they will come up with a story n fake numbers to show that it delivered or they will ( as usual) blame previous govt. rather than taking ownership. I wonder what they say when their wife tells then that she is pregnant( oh its previous govt fault)
No US please. All they know is a hard bargain for their influence on others.