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India-U.S. defence ties are set to flourish, says Consul General

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‘Production of F-16 wings in India likely to begin next year’

The defence ties between India and the USA are all set to grow and we have a number of projects lined up, said US Consul General from Hyderabad Joel Reifman.

Speaking to the media after his visit to the USS Emory, which is on its port call in Visakhapatnam, on Monday, he said, “Both the countries have been into deals since long time and some of them such as the procurement of Apache helicopters is already in progress.”

Mr. Riefman also said that the F-16 wings will now be produced in India and if everything falls in place the production will begin next year.

According to him, the US-India partnership is critical in this region and defence cooperation and collaboration plays an important role.

Tri-services exercise

Mr. Reifman informed the media that the first ever US-India tri-services exercise involving the army, marines, air force and navy, will begin some time in November.

Though he termed the port call of USS Emory as a goodwill visit, he also added that it was part of the US-India defence cooperation gesture.

According to Captain Luckett, commanding officer of the ship, USS Emory is part of the US Pacific Fleet, and is S. Land or submarine tender ship.

The 645-feet vessel that displaces over 22,000 tonnes of seawater when fully loaded, carries over 500 crew members and officers, which includes about 100 women sailors and officers.

Describing the operational capacity of the ship, Captain Luckett, said it is the lead ship in its class and specialises in carrying consumables, electricity, water, ordnance, spares, medical and mails for its submarine fleet.

“As part of our port call we are in discussion with the Indian Navy’s submarine fleet on mutual cooperation and collaboration,” he said.

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