US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer says that it is in India’s strategic interest to sign the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) as it will get access to advanced technology. He was replying to questions on removal of certain critical technologies on the C-130J by the US in absence of CISMOA with India.
“We think that it is in India’s strategic interest (if it decides to sign the agreement). I think it not only brings us closer on defence issues… it will also provide it access to some of the best technologies in the world,” he said.
India has in the recent past made it clear to the US that it is in no hurry to sign CISMOA. CISMOA enables installation of American communication systems on US-made military aircraft that increases the inter-operability of the two forces. India prefers to integrate alternatives to CISMOA specific equipment. CISMOA clause is backfiring on US, as it is not able to realize full potential of the multi billion dollar deals with India.