Saturday, June 05, 2021

After Israeli Heron, India To Acquire World’s Deadliest Drone – MQ-9 Predator From The US

The Indian military is likely to procure US-made 10 MQ-9 Predator-B drones days after reports of the acquisition of Heron TP UAVs on lease from Israel. The move comes amid a protracted border standoff between India and China in the Ladakh region.

The Ministry of Defence has been approached by the Indian Navy for the acquisition of the American MQ-9 drones, Hindustan Times reported. 

In November 2020, The Eurasian Times had reported that two MQ- 9B Sea Guardian UAVs ( a variant of Predator B) had been leased by the navy. They were deployed in the Indian Ocean Region to boost the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance abilities of the service.

The report had also mentioned the possibility of the acquisition of 18 more such drones from the US in the future.

It is learned that the navy is satisfied with the performance of the US drones, thereby pushing for its speedy acquisition.

The Predator-B drones will be procured through the US Foreign Military Sales route under a government-to-government agreement.

04/06/21 Anupama Ghosh/Eurasian Times

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