Latest India News: The Indian government has decided to procure 30-armed Sea drones from the U.S to boost the capabilities of Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
The drones, MQ-9B, a variant of the Predator drones used by the U.S military will be bought for a cost of $30 billion by India. The drones will significantly boost surveillance, reconnaissance abilities of Indian military.
The drones that currently owned and operated by Indian military are only used for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. But, the MQ-9B Sea Guardian Drones will add up firepower to India’s current fleet of drones. The drones are manufactured by a San Diego-based Company, General Atomics. The Drones will primarily used by IAF and Indian Navy to monitor Indian waters and Indian Airspace.
Indian government has currently pledged a budget of $250 billion for the modernisation of the three branches of military, over the period of 10 years. As India has been facing a bitter aggression from China for the past eight months, the addition of these armed drones will add up to India’s muscle to face China and Pakistan’s aggression along their borders.
The MQ-9B Sea Drones have a fuel endurance for 48 hours, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles and has a load carrying capacity of 1,700-kgs. The drone will help monitor Chinese warships near Indian waters. Last year, India leased two such drones to monitor border tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The news of the deal comes as U.S Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s planned to visit India later this month. It should be also noted that the newly formed Quadrilateral Bloc Nations India, U.S, Japan and Australia will meet virtually for the first time to discuss key issues on Friday.