"I hope the new government will take a fresh look at it. I think it is India's advantage to do so. It will really ease a lot of government to government transactions," said retired US Air Force Lt General and Boeing's vice president for International Business Development Defense Space and Security.

The UPA government had refused to sign the agreements.
    
"It will also build more trust on the US side that India does recognise and take more seriously some security issues around very sensitive technology," Kohler, here for the ongoing five-day Aero India air show, said.

US law requires the country to sign three agreements - logistics support, CISMOA (Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement) and BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for geo-spatial cooperation) – before agreeing to transfer sophisticated military technology and weapons.

Kohler said the change the new government made to increase FDI to 49 percent was a very positive step, but things wouldn't happen overnight.
    
Kohler was earlier Director of the US' Defense Security Cooperation Agency that is tasked with directing and overseeing American foreign military sales along with other functions.

He said, "Even 'Make In India' may not move as fast as some Indians would like to see because it takes time."      

Kohler said the workforce and management have to understand that they have to be competitive in the global market - by having the best product at the lowest cost.
 
"The workforce and management have to understand that they have to be competitive in the global market - I have to have the best product at the lowest cost, and Indian companies are going to help a lot there. It takes time to build up experience and know-how to get that done," he added.

Kohler said US companies are definitely ready to share their intellectual property with countries for them to produce the product. Right now, Kohler said, what India needs is to be part of global supply chain, not necessarily niche defence products. “The Indian industry needs most right now is to be a part of global supply chain, not necessarily niche defence products, but get into the global supply chain," he added.

Asked about the future of Indo-US defence cooperation, Kohler said defence technology and trade initiative Modi and US President Barack Obama talked about has been very positive.

"I think the defence technology and trade initiative Prime Minister Modi and President Obama talked about is very positive. They selected a couple of projects," he said.

He said he is very excited about the future, but in some ways they are little hindered by some offset policies, in spite of making steady progress.

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