The United States has become one of the top sources of weapons for the Indian military, upstaging Russia in recent years, and now under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make-in-India" programme offered joint development and production of military technologies.
While the two projects approved are modest in scale, India and the United States are also exploring collaboration at the higher end of technology, Carter told reporters.
"We have big ambitions, and jet engines, aircraft carrier technology are big projects that we're working very hard on," he said.
Carter is due to sign a new 10-year defence cooperation pact with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parikkar later today that will include cooperation in maritime security, another official said.
Both the project on protective clothing for soldiers as well developing the next generation power source for the battlefield will each have USD 1 million in funding shared equally by the two sides, a US defence official said.
The other two projects under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that Carter himself launched before his elevation as defense secretary relate to Raven mini-UAVs and surveillance modules for the C-130J military transport plane.

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