Chuck Hagel spoke to journalists en route to India and said he wants to "listen, learn" and get acquainted with the new administration.
This is Hagel's first India visit in his new capacity as US Secretary of Defence.
The Apache gunships and a deal for Chinook helicopters, both built by Boeing, will top the agenda in Hagel's talks on Friday with the govt
Describing India as one of the most significant countries in the world, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the world's largest democracy will help shape a "new world order" that is emerging in this century.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a three-day visit and is expected to discuss regional security situation, defence deals worth over Rs 20,000 crore and joint military hardware development projects with the Indian political and military leadership
Hagel at a meeting in Germany said he was visiting the largest democratic country of the world to build relationship and not just military to military ties.
Ahead of his first visit to India, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the US is looking for new partners and relationships in Asia Pacific region which represents both opportunities and challenges.
Ahead of his first visit to India, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the US is looking for new partners and relationships in Asia Pacific region which represents both opportunities and challenges.
During the visit, Hagel is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, a defence ministry official said.
Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday evening for an annual strategic dialogue, the first engagement with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India has threatened to block a worldwide reform of customs rules, saying it must be accompanied by a parallel agreement allowing developing countries more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains.<br />
The US defence secretary will hold discussions with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on military ties between the two countries including the military hardware partnership, defence ministry officials said in New Delhi today.
The US is looking forward to enhancing military-to-military relationship with the India, a top American military commander has said.
The visit by Kerry, and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next month, follow the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May and are meant to create a good climate for Modi's planned visit to Washington in September.<br />
The United States has rushed to make up for lost time since it became clear that Modi would cruise to victory in elections held in April and May.
Top diplomat and the head of Defence Department of the US will visit India in coming weeks.
The draft assessments from our teams in Iraq reached the Pentagon yesterday. Hagel is now reviewing them. He intends to take the necessary time to work through the assessments carefully and thoroughly," Kirby said.
He called the US Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup," the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm John Kirby, said.
Barack Obama has said that US will not indulge in a military action against Islamist militant groups in Iraq in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqi government.