The US has approved the sale of armed drones and offered their best missile systems to India. Indian government yet to respond.
“We want India to have our best technology, and we want to see India improve its defence capabilities so that it can be a net provider of security in the broader Indo-Pacific region,” the senior White House official told PTI.
- In 2017, the US and India agreed on a deal involving 22 unarmed Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
- America wants India’s support over the increasing militarization by China in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
- India has already signed an agreement with Russia to purchase S-400 missile defence system
US aiming China with this move
Of course, the tension between the US and China is at its peak in recent times. With China increasing its military presence in the South China Sea and Indian-Pacific Ocean as well, the US is trying to counter Chinese activities by making Indians even stronger ally.
Since Russia is an old friend of India, now, it would be really tough for the Indian government to draw a foreign policy keeping in mind their healthy relationships with both the heavyweights, Russia and USA. Furthermore, The relations between China and Russia have improved a lot in recent times. This is again a growing concern for the US. Thus, the US needs a stronger approach to the Indo-Pacific region.
To conclude this, you can think this as a friendly gesture. In contrast to it, this is more of a strategic manoeuvre against China in the Indo-Pacific region.