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India eyes acquisition of 30 American Predator drones worth 20,000 crore

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In a bid to increase India’s defence prowess and military ties with US the Defence Ministry is set to take up the case for the acquisition of 30 Predator drone

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In a bid to strengthen India’s defence prowess and military ties with the United States, the Defence Ministry is set to take up the case for the acquisition of 30 Predator drones. Sources have informed that a high-level meeting that will be chaired by the Defence Secretary has been scheduled on Monday that will take up the case of acquisition of 30 Predator drones worth over Rs 20,000 crore for the three defence forces – Army, Navy and Air Force.

The sources further added that if the acquisition is cleared in this meeting then it would be forwarded to the Defence Acquisition Council for final approval by the defence ministry. Following that, it will be forwarded to the Cabinet Committee on Security to give the final green light before the contract is signed. The negotiations over acquisition of American Predator drones for Indian armed forces have been going on between the two countries for more than two years. Sources have stated that the negotiations are in the final stages of getting cleared by the government.

The Indian Navy is the lead service for the acquisition and is also jointly putting it up for clearance from the government. If the deal is sealed then all three services are set to get 0 drones each which would be used for surveillance as well striking targets as and when required.

Earlier, it was reported that Predator drones have been inducted into Indian defence services on lease as they were taken by the Indian Navy under emergency procurement powers given to the services by the government. In addition, the Indian Navy has also been flying these drones in the Indian Ocean Region. With over 30 hours of endurance, the Navy is enhancing the domain awareness of the force in the area where the Chinese Navy warships and submarines along with merchant vessels are frequently passing through. Moreover, India is also getting drones from Israel which are helping them to get coverage in high altitude areas and have been equipped with the latest surveillance gadgets.

Russia starts supplying S-400 Missile Systems to India

Meanwhile, Russia has also started delivering the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India and the deliveries are going as planned as per the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev. The deal between India and Russia for five S-400 regiments worth USD 5.43 billion was signed in October 2018.

“The supplies of the S-400 air defence system to India have started and are proceeding on schedule,” said Dmitry Shugaev

With ANI inputs

The Indian Navy is the lead service for the acquisition and is also jointly putting it up for clearance from the government. If the deal is sealed then all three services are set to get 0 drones each which would be used for surveillance as well striking targets as and when required.

Source: https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/india-eyes-acquisition-of-30-american-predator-drones-worth-20000-crore.html

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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