United States Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also met the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Parrikar and Carter signed the 2015 framework for the India-US Defence relationship to guide the bilateral defence and strategic partnership for 10 years. India and the United States have finalized two project agreements for joint development of Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources and the Next Generation Protective Ensembles.
Hybrid power combines ways of generating and storing electrical power, such as blending photo voltaics, wind turbines and fuel generators. Hybrid energy storage media can include batteries or hydrogen for later use in fuel cells. The Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources Analysis of Alternatives programme seeks to develop a smart power system to generate 300 Watts to 800 kilowatts of power in the field for fuel savings, increased combat capability, light war fighter loads and reduced logistics risks. Parrikar and Carter also agreed for cooperation on jet engines, aircraft carrier design and construction. They agreed for development and production of projects that will offer tangible opportunities for American defence industries to build defence partnership with the Indian industries including in manufacturing under ‘Make in India’. Carter invited Parrikar to visit US for the next meeting and the latter accepted the invitation in principle.