Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is visiting the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) in Hawaii, was shown the latest equipment, including assault helicopters and missile defence systems.
The minister’s one-of-a-kind visit, during which he met with top US military officials, including commander Admiral John Aquilino, follows the two-plus-two dialogue between India and the US, in which both sides agreed to increase the complexity of training exercises and conduct more soldier exchanges.
As part of his tour of American military capabilities, the minister paid a visit to the headquarters of the US Army Pacific and Pacific Air Forces. Apache attack helicopters, which are also deployed by the Indian Air Force, were among the systems on display. During the tour, the Chinook cargo chopper, which is also utilised by India, was also on exhibit.
Singh was also briefed on the latest equipment by the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command in Hawaii. The Thaad missile defence systems, which provide security against nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, are operated by the command. The Iron Dome air defence system was recently deployed to a US station in Guam.
Military exercises, training activities, and exchanges are among the many engagements in which the USINDOPACOM and the Indian military are involved. The USINDOPACOM also coordinates the yearly Malabar series of exercises with India, the United States, Japan, and Australia.