USISPF to Lead Largest U.S. Industry delegation to DefExpo 2020

New Delhi—The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) will lead the largest delegation of top U.S. defence companies to DefExpo in Lucknow from February 4-6, 2020.

The delegation will comprise of senior representatives of top U.S. companies including, BAE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, UTC, GE, General Atomics, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, among others. The delegation will meet senior officials from the U.S. and Indian governments including India’s Honorable Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh; Honorable Minister of Defense for State, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster; and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath to discuss areas for collaboration in the US-India defense corridor, senior officials from MoD and the Armed Forces. The delegation will discuss how US companies have contributed to ‘Make in India’, help India achieve self-sustainment in defence manufacturing, opportunities to empower and enable the Indian Armed Forces, enhance interoperability and to discuss the challenges being faced by US companies in India.

Ahead of the delegation, USISPF Senior Advisor of Defence, Vikram J Singh said, “This is an exciting time for deepening the US-India defence relationship as a key pillar of the bilateral relationship. Defence ties have grown significantly in the past year with new agreements on sharing sensitive information, tri-services exercises, and continued opportunities to grow defence trade and technology sharing”. The gradual increase of US participation in empowering the Indian Armed Forces was evident during the recently held Republic day parade, where for the first time, four American built aircraft (Apache, Chinook, C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster) took part in the flypast display and the model of P8I was part of the Indian Navy’s Tableau. We look forward to engagements at DefExpo 2020 that will deepen defence ties to help build India’s position in the global defence supply chain, including through US firms growing Make in India partnerships.”

Phil Georgariou, Vice President of Industrial Strategy for BAE Systems will lead the delegation.

USISPF is conducting a seminar at DefExpo 2020 on February 6 in seminar hall No3 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM on: “Game Changers in Aerospace and Defence”. Speakers at the session will include representatives from the US government, Government of India, US industry, and startups.

About the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF):

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. Promoting bilateral trade is an important part of our work, but our mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens.

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Sukanya Sen