NEW DELHI: In his talks with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, US State Secretary said US will provide India with best technologies for its military modernisation including supply of F-16 and F-18 fighter jets.
US supports India’s emergence as a “leading power” and it will continue to support its military capabilities, he added.
The two also discussed containing rising terror activities.
Last month, Trump Administration had told US Congress that defence cooperation with India would be crucial in the bilateral relationship between the two countries and that US wants India to be a net security provider in the Indo-Pacific region.
It also expressed “strong support” for transfers of F-18 and F-16 fighter proposals put forth by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the companies that have offered to assemble these planes in India.
Last year, India and the US had signed a strategic defence pact which allows their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies, making joint operations more efficient.