Security equipment deals on cards during Obama’s visit

Security equipment deals on cards during Obama’s visit

New Delhi: India may strike deals on purchase of high frequency radars for monitoring cross border movement and equipment for surveillance and intelligence gathering during US President Barack Obama’s visit next month.

Officials said the Home Ministry’s wish list may also include coast guard equipment, highly-sensitive sensor and arms and ammunition.

“We need some high-valued surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment. Some deal may be finalised during Obama’s visit," an official said.

However, most of the India-US business agreements which are likely to be signed during the American President’s visit would be related to defence and other strategic matters.

Officials also made it clear that Amritsar and Agra are still on the itinerary of Obama and no final decision on his visit to the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal has been taken yet.

“We are yet to hear the final word from the US authorities but preparing for his visit to both the places. Both Amritsar and Agra are still on his itinerary," the official said.

The US President will arrive in Mumbai on November 6 and is then supposed to visit Amritsar before landing in Delhi. But media reports had said that Obama may not visit holy city due to “logistic" issues.

There have been reports that Obama’s team was facing a ticklish question of what the President should use to cover his head while visiting the Golden temple.