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US DOD, Indian MOD host second India-US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem Summit

The United States Department of Defense and Indian Ministry of Defence held the second INDUS-X Summit in New Delhi, examining supply chain resilience, enhanced US-Indian military interoperability, and the co-production of advanced military capabilities.

The United States Department of Defense and Indian Ministry of Defence held the second INDUS-X Summit in New Delhi, examining supply chain resilience, enhanced US-Indian military interoperability, and the co-production of advanced military capabilities.

INDUS-X was initially launched in June 2023 to enhance bilateral defence innovation.

Throughout the latest iteration of INDUS-X, participants advocated for research and testing facility access, enhanced mobilisation of private capital to drive investment in defence technology and the commercialisation of dual-use technologies.

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Winners of the first two INDUS-X joint challenges were also announced during the proceedings, which shine a spotlight on new technologies that solve problems for both defence departments.

Throughout the awards process, 10 US and Indian companies were awarded over $1 million to develop solutions for undersea communications and maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

New challenges relating to space-based ISR will open over coming months.

The announcement comes as Australia continues to deepen its international collaboration with India.

In February, Defence announced that the Australian Defence Force had sent Anzac Class frigate HMAS Warramunga to take part in regional military event Exercise Milan 24, as the first regional presence deployment of 2024.

Exercise Milan 24 brings together more than 50 nations, 20 international vessels, and aircraft from the Indo-Pacific region in the port city of Visakhapatnam and adjacent Bay of Bengal, India, from 19 to 27 February.

Attending the large-scale multilateral exercise, Australia aims to deepen relationships with India and like-minded regional partners.

HMAS Warramunga, an embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, and Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Chris Smith will represent the ADF at the event.

Australia’s Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Jonathan Ley, said the exercise was important for building international relationships, professional development, and for Warramunga’s crew to practice operating at sea as part of a large multilateral fleet.

“Exercise Milan is an important biennial training activity for the Indo-Pacific region and valuable for advancing Australia’s place as an Indian Ocean neighbour,” CDRE Ley said.

“Our participation in Exercise Milan 24 will help deepen Australia’s navy-to-navy relationship with India, provide opportunities for naval leaders to contemplate shared security challenges, and enhance mutual understanding among the navies of like-minded nations.

“I am very grateful to the Indian Navy for the opportunity to again join the growing number of participants in 2024.”

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