Guardian Drones for Indian Navy

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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi visit, Trump administration clears game changer deal for sale of 22 Guardian drones to India
The US has cleared the sale of 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India, governmental sources said today, a deal being termed as a "game changaer" ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here for his maiden meeting with President Donald Trump.
By: PTI | Washington | Updated: June 22, 2017 10:47 PM








The sources, who requested anonymity as the deal has not been formally announced, said the sale of 22 predator drones being manufactured by General Atomics is “a game changer” for US-India relations as it operationalises the status of “major defence partner”. (Reuters)


The US has cleared the sale of 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India, governmental sources said today, a deal being termed as a “game changaer” ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here for his maiden meeting with President Donald Trump. The deal, estimated to be worth USD two to three billion, has been approved by the State Department, the sources said. The decision has been communicated to the Indian government and the manufacturer by the State Department yesterday, according to the informed governmental sources. “This is the first very significant sign of the Trump administration being more result oriented in its relationship with India compared to Obama administration,” a source told PTI.


The sources, who requested anonymity as the deal has not been formally announced, said the sale of 22 predator drones being manufactured by General Atomics is “a game changer” for US-India relations as it operationalises the status of “major defence partner”. The designation of India being a “major defence partner” was decided by the previous Obama Administration, and formally approved by the Congress. The State Department and the White House did not immediately respond to the questions in this regard. An official announcement is expected soon. Modi’s first meeting with Trump has been scheduled to take place at the White House on June 26. The Indian Navy had made the request for this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform last year.


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US Aerospace expert Dr Vivek Lall of General Atomics who was pivotal in India acquiring Boeing P8 ISR technology, is believed to have played a key role in fast tracking the decision-making process of the Trump administration.
http://www.financialexpress.com/ind...r-sale-of-22-guardian-drones-to-india/731453/
 

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Modi-Trump meet: 'US approves sale of 22 Guardian drones to India'
PTI | Updated: Jun 22, 2017, 11.03 PM IST
Highlights
  • The deal is estimated to be worth $2-3 billion.
  • Govt sources said the decision was communicated to the Indian govt and the manufacturer by the State Department on Wednesday.
  • Sale of these drones is "a game changer" for US-India relations as it operationalises India's status of 'major defence partner'.


WASHINGTON: The US has cleared the sale of 22 Guardian drones to India, government sources said on Thursday, a deal being termed as a "game changer" for bilateral ties ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden visit to Washington for his meeting with President Donald Trump.

According to the informed government sources, the decision was communicated to the Indian government and the manufacturer by the State Department on Wednesday.

The deal is estimated to be worth $2-3 billion.

"This is the first very significant sign of the Trump administration being more result oriented in its relationship with India compared to Obama administration," a source told PTI.

The sources, who requested anonymity as the deal has not been formally announced, said the sale of 22 predator drones being manufactured by General Atomics is "a game changer" for US-India relations as it operationalises the status of "major defence partner".

The designation of India being a "major defence partner" was decided by the previous Obama Administration, and formally approved by the Congress.

The State Department and the White House did not immediately respond to the questions in this regard. An official announcement is expected soon.

The Indian Navy had made the request for this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform last year.

US Aerospace expert Dr Vivek Lall of General Atomics, who was pivotal in India acquiring Boeing P8 ISR technology, is believed to have played a key role in fast tracking the decision-making process of the Trump administration.

PM Modi, who will be going to only Washington DC during his US trip, will hold talks with President Donald Trump on regional security situation as also ways to enhance cooperation in bilateral areas of strategic importance.




http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...dian-drones-to-india/articleshow/59274194.cms
 

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use it to take pictures of BAT teams carrying heads of beheaded soldiers. whats the point of having advanced weapons if you have no plans to ever use them?
 

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Are these armed drones?

Which missiles will they carry?
Can we not modify these to Carry missiles?
No these are not armed drones and we can not modify them without permission of USA .

These Drones have some really Good radars and sensors which will be used to Monitor our coastlines .
 

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We can but that needs uncle Sam s approval . We need source codes to use these drones for attack mission . As of now it's just surveillance purpose for navy .


Can we not modify these to Carry missiles?
 

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We can but that needs uncle Sam s approval . We need source codes to use these drones for attack mission . As of now it's just surveillance purpose for navy .
But we aren't leasing them so why can't we open one of them to observe what's inside.
Is there some law that prohibit us?
 

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But we aren't leasing them so why can't we open one of them to observe what's inside.
that information is already available to buyers & users .......................do you want to copy radars , sensors , camera & other electronics ?? :rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

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i am waiting for people to ask THAT question? :hehe:
 

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The price does seem very high we could induct 20 Rafael for the same price :notsure:
No disagreement there.................................
Last known MQ-9 package sold is for UAE, for some 750+ million USD. details of package unknown for now.
 

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Seems over priced. Seems Trump is a good businessman. Selling 1 million$ (who knows even lesser cost) worth drones for 100million $ a piece. And that too which cannot fire a single bullet. I hope Modi would have discussed with DRDO before taking decision. I can foresee the hue & cry opposition is gonna make over this issue.
 

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Looks like general atomics is selling these drones to Pentagon at similar prices .... It says $2.5 bn for 13 MQ9
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From the article:
Pentagon inspectors found that the air force’s inability to justify its continuing Reaper purchases risks wasting $2.5bn for 13 mission-ready drones; $2.1bn for 11 training drones; $958m for five test drones; $766m for four air national guard drones; and $1.7bn for nine attrition-reserve drones.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/21/pentagon-air-forces-drones-fleet-reaper
 

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