Analysis: Why Indian Navy Wants Unarmed American Drones

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Why Indian Navy Wants Unarmed American Drones

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will hold a series of meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday. In addition, to cooperation against terror emanating from the Af-Pak region, defense ties between the two nations will be on the cards.

While India is looking to modernize its air force, it is also eyeing US-made Sea Guardian drones for its navy to monitor activities along the coastline, particularly in the Indian Ocean region.
According to a report, the Donald Trump administration wants to complete the deal for transferring Sea Guardian unmanned drones to India.

“The proposals the US has put forward, including for Guardian UAVs, aircraft carrier technologies, the Future Vertical Lift programme, and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft, are all potential game changers for our commercial and defence cooperation,” Tillerson had said last week, calling India a major defence partner.

The decision to sell the unarmed drones to India was taken in June, after a meeting between PM Modi and US President Trump. Now, the US is all set to cut through the red tape and deliver 22 of these drones to India, which will cost $2-3 billion.

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