In a significant shift of strategy, the United States and India will co-develop drones, a senior Pentagon official announced, as Washington seeks closer ties with Delhi as a way of countering China. India will build these aircraft and export them to other countries in its region.
New Delhi wants to diversify its weaponry, which is mainly Russian-made arms & ammunition And also develop its own defense industry.
India can then "export to our partners across the region, including in South and Southeast Asia at affordable price points." Pentagon cited the possibility of developing drones launched from airplanes and anti-drone defense systems.