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    The US is currently approving the sale of unmanned aerial vehicles and transport aircraft to India, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is in the process of approving the sale of Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Apache helicopters and C-17 transport aircraft to India, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

    "You need look no further than yesterday's announcement that the United States will sell Sea Guardian UAVs, Apache Attack Helicopters and C-17 transports to India. That process of approval is all underway as we speak," Pence said in remarks underlining the US commitment to India's defense.

    Earlier it was reported that the US Department of State approved the sale of Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare systems to Australia for $1.3Bln, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a press release.

    Pence was speaking at the US-India Business Council, a day after US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to boost defense cooperation between their two countries.

    Modi met Trump at the White House on Monday at the end of his two-day visit to Washington, DC for talks on trade, terrorism and defense.

    Both leaders pledged to boost cooperation in their battle against Daesh (banned in Russia) as well as step up efforts to ensure stability in Afghanistan.

    Trump and Modi also pledged to work together to boost their respective economies and increase trade between their two countries.

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