Outlining US efforts to expand US defence trade, Shapiro, who was in India in spring for the first political-military talks in six years, said that they 'sought to better familiarise the Indian government with our system and to address any concerns they may have'.
"We think that the US-India defence and trade relationship would benefit from linking defence sales with broader strategic goals," he said. "That's why we specifically articulated the technical and political advantages that FMS offers," he added.
One of the major goals of the political-military talks in Delhi was to make progress in advancing the defence trade, he said, noting that cumulative defence sales to India have grown from virtually zero to more than USD8 billion since 2008.
The Obama administration, which has made it a top priority to promote US business abroad, views the American defence industry as an integral part of its efforts to advance US national security and foreign policy, Shapiro said.
The fiscal 2012 ending September 30 is a record-breaking year for US Foreign Military Sales, with such sales already surpassing USD50 billion, representing at least a USD20 billion increase over FY11, which itself was a record-setting year at just over USD30 billion, he said.