For the past eight years, India and the United States have been discussing the acquisition of these drones to improve the surveillance capabilities of the Indian armed forces.
What Exactly Are Predator Drones?
They are to drones what Porsches are to automobiles. General Atomics, a defence contractor based in San Diego, developed these high-precision surveillance and combat drones. They were the first drones to be equipped with video cameras. Their first assignment was simply to observe. A Predator drone famously identified Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2000. The first armed Predators with the terrifying Hellfire missiles appeared shortly after 9/11.
According to people familiar with the matter, India’s defense ministry approved the acquisition of 31 MQ-9B armed drones from the United States on Thursday, with a formal announcement on the deal expected during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington next week. According to the sources, a meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by defense minister Rajnath Singh approved the purchase of General Atomics drones.
Specialties of the deadly MQ-9B Reapers
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