India seeks 100 armed drones worth $2 billion from US

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  1. Kshatriya87

    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    http://www.defencenews.in/article/India-seeks-100-armed-drones-worth-$2-billion-from-US-1530

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    India has sought from the US 100 latest unmanned aerial vehicles, both armed and surveillance versions, worth USD 2 billion to bolster its arsenal amid recurring incursions by Chinese troops. Industry sources familiar with New Delhi’s interest and ongoing talks between the two governments, said India had requested for the latest Avenger drones, which is basically an unmanned combat air vehicle, and is mainly being sought with an eye on China.

    It has also sought Predator XP category which is a surveillance version for internal security issues and terrorist threats.

    According to industry sources, India is looking for about 100 drones worth USD 2 billion.

    However, while talks in this regard have accelerated in the past few months, the US has not made any formal commitment or given a public indication pending India’s application to joining Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

    Italy, which is upset with New Delhi’s treatment of its marines, appears to have currently blocked India becoming a member of MTCR.

    However, both Indian and US officials are confident that they would be able to get through the last hurdle in the next few months, thus making them possible to take the defence trade – which would include armed drones – to the next level.

    “Yes, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is aware of India’s interest in Predator-series Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA),” Vivek Lall, chief executive of the US and International Strategic Development of General Atomics told PTI.

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems produces Predator series of remotely piloted aircraft.

    “Due to US export laws, the US government has to approve the export of a Predator-series RPA to the Indian government. GA-ASI remains very encouraged by the recent India-US bilateral engagements at the highest levels and we are hopeful that we can play an important supporting role in these discussions,” he said.

    “Predator-series RPA could provide a world-class Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability for India which would include both high-definition radar and Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) coverage along India’s borders,” Lall said in response to a question.

    Additionally, the RPA can perform humanitarian aid/disaster relief surveillance over both land and sea, said Lall, who had previously played a key role in US sale of high tech military assets to India during his stint at Boeing.
     
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  3. Scarface

    Scarface Regular Member

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    Predators are a great asset but they need to be handled with a lot of care.I feel like we don't have enough experience operating drones to use them as a reliable attack platform

    UAVs have a tendency to go rogue at the slightest error ,and then you have to shoot it down yourself.

    As far as the geopolitical implications are concerned there is no way U.S will sell us without any commitment from our side.

    They'll want us to be declared allies or sign the CISMoA and associated contracts in exchange of this
     
  4. spikey360

    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    Ah, here we go again, another set of wishlist for US equipments. NO energy and patience for investing in own programme, but enthusiasm and 'urgency' enough to buy it off the US, as-is. Without even studying the options.
     
  5. rohit b3

    rohit b3 Regular Member

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    Yeaaaaahhh, NOPE. Tell the Indian army -"No US drones , Work with DRDO and make them finish the Rustom UCAV project on time. If required invest more on that. Meanwhile order a dozen Rustom-1".
     
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    Personally I support the purchase of foreign arms if the need is dire but, there are stuff
    that even we can easily make by our own especially UAVs, there's no need for buying
    something because its American.
     
  7. Indian Storm

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    There were plenty of options from Israel but except that nothing much. We must focus on Rustom and AURA UCAVs.
     
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    Bornubus Senior Member Senior Member

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    Proposal, sought,tender, Sources close to ministry,will, shall, could, ...........
     
  9. Indian Storm

    Indian Storm Regular Member

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    Reason behind all of this BS :bs: ?
    corruption, incompetency, Lack of vision......................
     
  10. garg_bharat

    garg_bharat Senior Member Senior Member

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    Small drones of orlan-10 Russian drone type will serve Indian army far better than large armed drones, which will be more susceptible to enemy fire.

    Such drones can be mass produced in india.
     
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    A gun position can be taken out even by a small suicide drone.
     
  12. k murali

    k murali Regular Member

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    I am concerned about armed predators in IAF hands. US is very careful in shooting at targets but IAF is trigger happy.
     
  13. ozzy.osbourne

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    what makes you think iaf is trigger happy?
    "US is very careful in shooting at targets"?? Yeah right . Ask the pakistanis how careful the americans are while shooting at targets .
     
  14. k murali

    k murali Regular Member

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    I have read the mass killings of IAF bombing did against Tamils of Sri Lanka in late 1980s.
     

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