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'US ready to support India to modernise its armed forces'

Pitching for a robust Indo-US military ties, US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer said that America is ready to support India's drive to modernise its armed forces.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2009 16:14 IST

Pitching for a robust Indo-US military ties, US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer on Monday said that America is ready to support India's drive to modernise its armed forces.

"The United States is ready to support India in its drive to modernise its armed forces," Roemer said, inaugurating the five-day Cope India 2009 joint air exercises in Agra.

The Ambassador also allayed fears over reliability of America as a supplier of defence equipment to India.

"I know that some are apprehensive about reliability of the United States as a supplier of military equipment to India. I can tell you that our relationship is far different than it was even a few years back," he said.

Stating that the Indo-US relationship had come a long way since those apprehensions were formed, he said "this is a different world on Monday. Our cooperation in the spheres of energy, science and technology, agriculture, education and development and trade -- all point to an even stronger relationship. The defence realm will be no different."

Referring to the C-130 Super Hercules and the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft, the US ambassador said both these aircraft were US airforce's workhorses.