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Last year, Carter had proposed US companies join hands with Indian partners in setting up manufacturing facilities for five major systems in India. These include the MH 60 Romeo multi role helicopter, built by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin; a delivery system for scatterable mines; and the M 45 127 mm rapid fire naval gun.
Worse, Washington refused to transfer key technologies New Delhi insisted upon as a part of the deal.
to New Delhi's interest in the Javelin, the US State Department had said fulfilling India requirement would "alter the regional military balance".
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Carter's proposal is part of a 15 month old American push to intensify its defence relationship with India.
Earlier, US officials regarded India as just another non North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country, one with which America did not even have a formal alliance and which was unwilling to sign cooperative agreements with the US.
Senior MoD sources said the US co development proposal for the next generation Javelin had been received and was being evaluated.
But with the US, India has only bought equipment over the counter. American equipment has not even been manufactured in India with technology transfer, far less co developed.
Later, the US proposed co producing the Javelin missile, built by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Now, Carter has raised the ante with his proposal for co developing the next generation Javelin.
"Before Carter got to work, releasing technology to India required a comprehensive justification to be made out. By April 2013, Pentagon officials needed to justify why a particular technology could not be released to India," said the Pentagon watcher. At one stage, the MoD was close to buying a rival missile, the Israeli Spike, for its $1 1.5 billion tender for 8,400 missiles and 321 launcher units for the army 350 plus infantry units.
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India has a successful co development project with Russia for the BrahMos cruise missile, and with Israel for the long range surface to air missile and medium range surface to air missile.
That approach changed dramatically since June 2012, when then US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta nominated Carter to break down the bureaucratic barriers in Washington that impeded the US India defence relationship, which Washington had determined was pivotal to America future in Asia. Carter co chairs the initiative, along with Shivshankar Menon.
Speaking anonymously, US officials confirmed the co development proposal would be on Carter discussion agenda during his meetings in New Delhi on Tuesday. Carter would meet a host of Indian officials, including National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.
Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter, who arrived in India on a two day visit on Monday, has masterminded a proposal that could dramatically boost US India defence relations.
The Pentagon has written to the ministry of defence, proposing the two countries collaborate in jointly developing a next generation version of the Javelin anti tank missile.
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A senior Defence Research and Development Organisation source confirmed the US offer. India needs to fill its technology gaps and co development should ensure both partners build upon their mutual strengths," he said.
A close watcher of the Pentagon says Carter has pushed the US bureaucracy hard to change its approach towards India.
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