22 Jun '16, 4am

India seeks to purchase drones from US to patrol the vast Indian Ocean

India seeks to purchase drones from US to patrol the vast Indian Ocean

India has sent a letter of request (LoR) to the US seeking to purchase patrol drones for protection and vigilance of its maritime assets in the Indian Ocean, sources said. The letter of request (LoR) sent by New Delhi a week ago comes less than a fortnight after India was inducted into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and recognised by the US as a “major defense partner” after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, earlier in June. This is part of Modi Government’s effort to fast track its goal to secure the country’s maritime assets particularly in the Indian Ocean and detect any untoward intrusion like Mumbai terrorist attack. The letter seeks purchase of state of the art multi mission maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from General Atomics, they said. It provides high altitude wide area and has...

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