"We have a number of offers on the table for India. There's a ground-breaking offer to share in the next generation of the Javelin missile, co-production and co-development," Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, told reporters.
    
He said the offers in the list also include a helicopter program and an unmanned aerial vehicle program.
    
"We have an artillery piece. We have a number of things in different stages of process," said Kendall, who has been tasked by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to lead Pentagon's Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India.
    
The Indian side during the previous UPA regime was led by former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon whose replacement is yet to be announced by the Narendra Modi government.
    
Kendall said the US would continue with the initiative while looking for additional opportunities.
    
"We also had some good discussions about science and technology cooperation that we need to continue. So to some extent, it will be continuing the work that we've already started, but we're also looking for additional opportunities. So I think there's a lot of potential there," he said in response to a question.

US encourages talks between India and Pakistan

Asserting that bilateral dialogue is an important step for India and Pakistan to move forward, a top official in US President Barack Obama’s administration has said Washington encourages talks between the two Asian neighbours.

We encourage dialogue between India and Pakistan," said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Psaki was referring to the recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi, which the latter had described as very satisfactory.

"We feel that's a positive step. I would point you to New Delhi and what their plans are moving forward. As you know, there have been some steps in recent weeks that we’ve been encouraged by," she said.

"We believe dialogue is an important step in the process between India and Pakistan, and we certainly encourage that at every opportunity," Psaki added. 

Sharif was among the leaders from the neighbouring countries to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26.

A day after he was sworn in, Modi had held a meeting with his Sharif on crucial bilateral issues including terror and speedy trial of Mumbai terror attack case in Pakistan.

Later in a letter to Modi, Sharif expressed satisfaction over his meeting and said he was looking forward to working with him in "harmony on all unsettled matters".

(Agencies)

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