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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a renowned aerospace and defense technology company, is on the verge of securing substantial orders from India for the acquisition of 31 of its MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The company is also keen to foster further collaboration on newer Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems and work closely with the Indian Armed Forces.
General Atomics is looking to present a diverse array of cutting-edge RPA systems to the Indian Army and Indian Navy. These offerings include the Mojave and MQ-9B STOL platforms, which enable short takeoff and landing from unimproved surfaces, enhancing operational flexibility. The company is also set to introduce the Gambit Series of autonomous collaborative platforms, which expand tactical employment options for pilots. Additionally, General Atomics offers a line of Air-Launched Effects designed to deliver potent stand-off capability with stand-in performance, effectively transforming battlefield operations.
One notable option that General Atomics is considering offering to India is the Predator C Avenger, a stealthy Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) platform. This advanced, next-generation RPA has garnered the interest of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Predator C Avenger has completed all its developmental trials and boasts significant wing hardpoint payload capacity, allowing it to carry multiple sensors. Furthermore, its internal weapons bay is capable of accommodating up to 1360kg of precision munitions or larger sensor payloads.
The potential acquisition of MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian UAVs by India underscores the country’s commitment to enhancing its defense capabilities through the integration of state-of-the-art technology. General Atomics’ robust suite of RPA solutions and collaborative platforms are poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering India’s military capabilities, providing a powerful force multiplier for the nation’s defense forces.
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