The United States and India are set to jointly launch the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) to combat climate change and address other global challenges, announced the White House. This collaboration was highlighted during US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s two-day visit to New Delhi, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Sullivan and Doval chaired the second meeting of the US-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), setting the vision for the future of the US-India strategic technology partnership. “The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, a jointly developed satellite, will map the Earth’s surface twice every 12 days, aiding efforts to combat climate change and other global challenges,” the US stated.

Additionally, the White House announced a new partnership between the US Space Force and Indian startups 114ai and 3rdiTech. This partnership aims to advance space situational awareness, data fusion technologies, and infra-red sensor semiconductor manufacturing.

John Kirby, White House National Security Communications Advisor, emphasized the strong bond of friendship between the US and India. He stated, “As the world’s two oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India share a unique bond of friendship. Sullivan’s trip will further deepen the already strong US-India partnership to create a safer and more prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

Kirby also addressed questions about Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national accused in a murder-for-hire plot against Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who was extradited to the US from the Czech Republic. However, he refrained from commenting further on the matter.

Source: Mint