Thursday, October 21, 2010

'Can't sign binding down military pacts with US' :India

Just two weeks ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit, New Delhi has visibly firmed up its stance and said that it sees no use in signing any "binding down" military agreements. Top sources in the Ministry of Defence said New Delhi was studying what Washington calls the "foundation" for transferring high-tech communications equipment. India is buying or is in the process of buying several US-made platforms, including medium lift and heavy lift military transport planes, long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft and VVIP business jets. Users of planes -- the Indian Air force and Navy -- have made told the MoD that these agreements serve little purpose and were "binding down" rather than being "enablers".

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