The US has offered defence equipment to India from American companies to help the country proceed with its plans to modernise its armed forces.

US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said if India was planning to upgrade its defence capabilities then it should buy US defence equipment.

India’s procurement of military hardware and the US owning the best hardware was also discussed in the Pentagon talks between the defence ministers of both the nations, according to the Press Trust of India.

“We in the US and our companies are very happy to be a supplier for India’s modernisation activities,” a senior defence official said.