The Indian Army will deploy the MQ-9B Predator Armed Drone to monitor the border with China.
Let us know what the specialty of the drone is and why China and Pakistan have become restless as soon as the name of this drone comes.
India is in the final stages of talks with the US to buy 30 MQ-9B Predator armored drones worth over USD 3 billion to further strengthen its surveillance mechanism with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Negotiations between New Delhi and Washington are open for the purchase of drones made by US Defense Chief General Atomics.
Why did China and Pakistan become restless as soon as the name of this drone came? After getting this drone, India’s surveillance shield will become better.
1– India received two MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones on lease from the US in 2020, primarily for surveillance in the Indian Ocean region.
India took Two non-weapon MQ-9B drones on lease for one year. There was an option to extend the life of these drones by another year. Amid India-China border tensions, the Indian Navy is strengthening its surveillance mechanism to keep an eye on the increasing activities of China, including warships of the Chinese military, in the Indian Ocean region.
2– Predator drones have been specially designed to stay in the air for a long time and monitor high-altitude areas. After the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, the Indian military focuses on getting these weapons.
The MQ 9B is designed to meet not only NATO standards but also the requirements of civilian airspace in the US and worldwide.
The Indian Navy has proposed to purchase these drones, and the hope of getting 10-10 drones for the three services has increased.
3– It has been prepared by the American defense company General Atomics. About 35 hours of flight time is possible with these drones.
It is used for many purposes, including border surveillance, intelligence gathering, and destroying enemy positions.
This drone can carry about 450 kg of bombs with it. The Sky Guardian and the Sea Guardian have two variants of the MQ-9B. The issue was also considered during India-US two-plus-two discussions in April.