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India-US communication pact faces uphill climb

Non-signature of 'foundational agreement' denies India cutting-edge kit

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

Over the last decade India has made the US its biggest arms suppliers, contracting for $14-15 billion (Rs 93,000-100,000 crore) worth of American weaponry.

Yet many US platforms bought have turned out to be less than cutting-edge, after New Delhi’s unwillingness to sign what Washington labels a “foundational agreement” — the Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) — has forced the replacement of closely-guarded radio, communications security and navigation kits with lower-grade, commercially-available equipment. One example ...

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First Published: Tue, September 06 2016. 23:50 IST
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