American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

Defense Committee

U.S.-India relations in 2020-2022 have emerged stronger through the pandemic. Over the years, the bilateral relationship has become increasingly multifaceted. India and the U.S. have made considerable progress to push forth the bilateral defence cooperation and this continues to have an upward trajectory. As a major supplier of aerospace and defense products to India, the U.S. is keen to look for a way forward in meeting India’s needs and aspirations of achieving self-reliance. The signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) at the 2+2 Ministerial engagement in October 2020 completed the set of all four foundational agreements to bolster defense ties between the two nations and defense sales to India now exceed $20 billion. Significant collaboration opportunities in strategic and technical expertise across defense infrastructure, defense systems and the electronics equipment segment focusses on ways to strengthen military y-to-military engagement and bilateral defense trade, including industry collaboration.

The Defense Committee is a forum for discussion on topics related to government-to-government (G2G) and private sector involvement in the growing U.S.-India defense relationship. The committee members convene monthly for business meetings, meetings with U.S. Government officials, seminars and conferences to address topics of U.S. defense engagement in India and prepares submissions to the government highlighting proposed recommendations to the defence sector policies.

Chairman:
Mr. William L. Blair
Vice President and Chief Executive
Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Ltd.

Co-Chairman:
Mr. Ravi Nirgudkar
Managing Director India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
BAE Systems India Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

Co-Chairman:
Mr. Surendra Ahuja
Managing Director
Boeing Defense India

Co-Chairman:
Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta
Partner and Head –Aerospace & Defence
KPMG India

Secretariat:
Ms. Udaya Arun
Director – Aerospace & Defense
udaya@amchamindia.com

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