Trump Secures Massive $3 Billion Military Equipment Sale in India
Deal signals deepening ties between the two countries
President Donald Trump confirmed that India would buy $3 billion worth of military equipment as part of a massive deal signaling deepening ties between the two countries.
Both the United States and India were making progress on a big trade deal, Reuters reported.
Both sides are working to narrow differences on farm goods, medical devices, digital trade, and new tariffs.
The new growing defense and commercial ties were hailed by Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they acknowledged that a trade deal between them remains some way off.
Trump said he was “optimistic” a trade pact could be reached, claiming ties between the U.S. and India had reached historical strength.
“It has never been as good as it is right now,” Trump said during a statement after his meeting.
“We feel very strongly about each other. We have done something that is very unique,” he said.
Trump touted the productive visit to the country with the conclusion of deals to buy helicopters for the Indian military.
India is set to buy 24 SeaHawk helicopters from Lockheed Martin, which are equipped with Hellfire missiles worth $2.6 billion.
The country also plans to follow-on order for six Apache helicopters.
India is moving to narrow the gap with China by modernizing its military and has increasingly turned to the United States over traditional supplier, Russia.
Our two national constitutions both begin with the same three beautiful words: “We the people.” That means that in America and India alike, we honor, respect, trust, empower, and fight for the citizens we proudly serve! 🇺🇸🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/hfKKSqlVfe— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
“America loves India, America respects India, and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,” Trump said within hours of arriving to a crowd of more than 100,000 people at India’s Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad.
On Monday, Trump received an unprecedented welcome during his visit to the country.
As they arrived in India, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were greeted to a massive stadium rally, packed out with an estimated 110,000 Indians wearing white "Trump" hats.
The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, even played “Macho Man” by Village People during President Trump's entrance as the crowd went wild.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi tweeted:
“India looks forward to welcoming @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. It is an honour that he will be with us tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad!”