US today said it is looking for a larger market share of the Indian defence market and hoped to increase its "supply activities" in the Indo-US military cooperation as the two nations build confidence.
"India is a large buyer of military equipment. US has a small market share now ", US Ambassador to India David C Mulford told reporters on the eve of Aero-India 2005 show that will see the largest ever US participation in the event.
India has indicated it would like to diversify its sources of purchase of military equipment and US was a "logical partner," he said.
"We are interested in becoming a major player in India" building on Indo-US relations which was "running into an all- time high," he added.
He, however, said "we are not simply in the business of selling arms." Mulford said Indian Navy and US Navy were in touch with each other since the recent devastating tsunami tragedy in India and elsewhere.
Mulford said there was no tension between the defence industry and the US administration over military sales to India. Asked why only the civilian aircraft and not the military ones were being sold to India from the US, he said India had indicated that it would like to "diversify its sources" and that they "have an interest in dealing with the US."
Mulford said there had been a "huge expansion" in military ties between India and US in terms of joint exercises, ship calls and air exercises.