India seeking to acquire US Predator drones worth $2 billion

NEW DLEHI: India is seeking to acquire 100 latest US drones including both armed and surveillance versions worth $ 2 billion.


India wants to acquire Predator series of drones built by General Atomics to boost its firepower.


Chief executive of US international Strategic Development of General Atomics Vivek Lall said “Yes, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is aware of India’s interest in Predator-series Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).”


Predator series RPA is capable to provide world class Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) but it requires US government approval for export under American laws.


Two sides are negotiating and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to visit India next week to deepen their defence ties.


Ashton claimed that US wants to establish stronger ties with India in military relationship and his visit to India will develop relations between both countries.


India hass already acquired Israel made surveillance drones to monitor the Kashmir region.