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The Indian Army and Indian Air Force are set to procure 16 MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), which will come equipped with Electronic Warfare and Airborne Early Warning sensor payloads. These high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be stationed in North India to monitor the Line of Control (LOC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with both China and Pakistan.

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian is designed to provide extended flight capabilities, with the ability to fly over the horizon via satellite for over 40 hours in various weather conditions. It is engineered to safely operate in civil airspace, offering real-time situational awareness for joint forces and civil authorities, day or night.

These drones are equipped with the advanced Lynx Multi-mode Radar and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors. They feature automatic takeoff and landing systems and boast an extended wingspan of 79 feet (24 meters) compared to their predecessors. The SkyGuardian is known for its superior endurance and surveillance capabilities.

Furthermore, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian can seamlessly integrate with other military platforms, systems, and podded technologies, greatly enhancing its multi-domain mission capabilities.

The Indian Army and Indian Air Force will each operate eight MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones as part of this procurement.

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