Big-Ticket Defence Deals Today, Reveals Trump

The New Indian Express Chennai|February 25, 2020

Big-Ticket Defence Deals Today, Reveals Trump
Poll year reach out to Indian-Americans, one-fourth of whom are Gujaratis; Potus soaks in the adulation
Pushkar Banakar & Mayank Singh

A day ahead of the business end of his whirlwind two-day visit to India, US President Donald Trump on Monday announced that India and the US would sign defence deals worth $3 billion.

Addressing an adoring crowd of over one lakh people at the newly-built Motera cricket stadium in the Gujarat capital, Trump appeared to take everyone off guard when he said: “I’m pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign defence deals worth over $3 billion to sell absolute finest state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.”

The deals are expected to take the increasing US-India defence ties to a new level. The helicopter deal will add heft to the offence-defence capability of the Navy and the Army. It will also add to the economic volume and equipment profile which India has acquired from the US in recent years.

Heaping high praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who earlier received him at the Ahmedabad airport, Trump said Modi was a “tremendously successful leader of this vast Indian republic. Last year, more than 600 million people went to the polls and gave him a landslide victory like no other in the largest democratic election ever held anywhere on the face of the earth.”

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