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India, US to implement HOSTAC for Maritime Security

Published on October 28, 2017
India and the United States have signed an agreement to implement the programme for Helicopter Operations from Ships Other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC)


  • The decision is taken to strengthen maritime security
  • It was taken by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US Counterpart Jim Mattis on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus.
  • A range of initiatives to strengthen US- India defence cooperation and enhance India's leadership role in the Indo-Pacific was discussed during the meeting.

About HOSTAC

  • Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) is a military international standardization program made up of 4 regional HOSTAC Conferences/Working Groups. 
  • These regional groups are: NATO HOSTAC, SIAN HOSTAC, Pacific HOSTAC and Middle East HOSTAC. 

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