According to the manufacturer, the US Trump administration has approved to sale of more than 20 drone to India.
Earlier this year, India submitted its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance last year. The deal is estimated to be worth about $2 billion..
In a press released manufacture said that, “The Trump administration have approved the drone sale to India, but the proposal is still subject to congressional approval.”
In a statement, CEO Lyndon Blue of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems said, “We are happy that the US Government has approved the Government of India for the sale of MQ-9B Guardian.”
Blue said that it would significantly increase the awareness of India’s sea marine sector in the Indo-Pacific region.
A Congressman familiar with this subject has also confirmed that trump administration have approved the drone sale to India.
All this took place a week before, the official meet of the US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s at White House.
Although Trump is now focused on reaching China, India’s strategic rival, Washington and New Delhi are concerned about China’s rise as a military force.
It is reported that India plans to use the planes to observe the Indian Ocean, where Djibouti has established the first offshore base in the Horn of Africa, enhancing the presence of China’s fleet.
A senior White House official said on Friday that Washington wants India to have high tech needs to be provided to its highest partners and defense allies.
There is not a formal coalition in America and India, but in recent years defense relations have improved because the US has increased its defense sales to India and the two have also increased in joint efforts.
[graphiq id=”2L1spWn5OBv” title=”Unmanned aerial vehicle” width=”500″ height=”430″ url=”https://sw.graphiq.com/w/2L1spWn5OBv” frozen=”true”]