23 Jun '16, 4am

India will acquire 22 US made maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAVs

India has sought from the US high-tech multi-mission Predator drones for protecting its maritime assets, especially in the Indian Ocean. Sources said a letter of request (LoR) for purchase of an initial tranche of 22 maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAVs from US-based General Atomics was sent by New Delhi last week. The Predator Guardian platform provides high-altitude wide-area long-endurance maritime ISR capability. This is part of New Delhi’s efforts to fast-track its goal to secure the country’s maritime assets in particular in the Indian Ocean and detect any untoward intrusion — like the one during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack — on a real-time basis. The LoR comes less than a fortnight after India was inducted into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and was recognised as a “major defence partner” by the US after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...

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