SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
The upcoming meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden holds the potential for significant developments, one of which could be the contract on the MQ-9B Predator deal. The meeting, expected to address a range of bilateral issues, may pave the way for the finalization of this crucial defence agreement.
The Indian Armed Forces have formulated a plan to acquire 18 MQ-9B Predator drones in a deal worth $1.8 billion. As part of this agreement, the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy will each receive six drones, each equipped with various sensory payloads.
In an additional boost to India’s Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) and High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs, General Atomics, the manufacturer of the MQ-9B Predator, intends to locally manufacture some of the drone’s components, contributing to the global supply chain.
The MQ-9B Predator, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is renowned for its advanced surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. India has expressed interest in procuring these drones from the United States to bolster its defence capabilities and enhance border surveillance in sensitive regions.
However, it is important to note that defence deals involve complex negotiations and considerations. While the meeting between Modi and Biden may provide a conducive environment for discussions on the MQ-9B Predator deal, the finalization of the contract would require careful deliberations and adherence to regulatory processes.
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