Friday, February 06, 2004

Patriots to India?

The US is offering to sell the Patriot missile system to India:

India has evinced interest in buying optical and electronic sensors for photo and radar imagery and other high-technology defence items from the US while the American side is open to the idea of sale of Patriot missile defence systems to India.

A US delegation of defence companies, which is in India for DefExpo, today called on country's top defence scientist and Secretary, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr V K Aatre to explore areas of defence cooperation with India.

"We had a meeting with Dr Aatre today and he listed some of the high technology items India will be interested in buying from US. Some of the items he listed included electronic and optical sensors and sensors for photo and radar imagery," Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Daniel W Christman, former military advisor to US Secretary of State and now Senior Vice-President of US Chamber of Commerce said here.

The US side is also interested in selling missile defence systems like Patriot to India. "We are studying the possibility of supplying Patriot missile defence systems to India and it can be discussed during our interaction with Indian leaders," he said.


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