The offer of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to India is an example that US holds India's military modernisation in high regard, a top Pentagon official has said.
"What's clear is that the F-35 is something that we would be more than willing to talk to the government of India about should they request to find out more information about purchasing," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, Robert Scher said.
"We have made no assertions or promises, and we have not received any request for this," he said.
"But certainly it's an example of the high regard that we hold India's military modernisation, what we think they can usefully potentially use and looking at technology exchange, that we could be able to proceed on," he said.
Whale of a Carrot !