India, US to sign pact on mutually refueling ships, aircraft

India and the United States are likely to sign an agreement under which their militaries can refuel ships and aircraft in cashless transactions that would be adjusted annually.

India, US to sign pact on mutually refueling ships, aircraft
India and the United States are likely to sign an agreement under which their militaries can refuel ships and aircraft in cashless transactions that would be adjusted annually.

Under the Logistics Support Agreement that is presently being examined by India's Cabinet Committee on Security, the two countries can also hire military equipment under prescribed circumstances, Visiting Director of the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Lt Gen Jeffrey Kohler told reporters here Saturday.

The US has similar agreements in place with some 65 countries.

Explaning the concept, Kohler said, "There's an Indian Navy ship in the US that needs refuelling. It does so for free. Sometime during the year, US military aircraft will land in India or our navy vessels will visit your ports and refuel in similar manner. At the end of the year, we balance the books."

"If India is sending troops to any country on a UN peacekeeping mission. You can borrow vehicles and even armoured personnel carriers but not weapons from the assets we might have in the neighbourhood. In this case too, we will balance the books at the end of the year," Kohler added.

"The Indian Navy has also expressed interest in the USS Nashville. The US Congress has not yet approved the ship for transfer. That is likely to happen next year and we can then begin negotiations," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 10:29
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