Wednesday, February 21, 2024

US State Department approves $4B sale of MQ-9B drones to India

The U.S. State Department has given the green light to a potential $3.99 billion sale of MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft to the Indian government, as announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on Thursday.

India’s government has requested the purchase of 31 MQ-9B drones along with associated equipment, including spare parts, training, and logistical support.

The primary contractor for this program will be General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, according to the DSCA.

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“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defense partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region,” stated the DSCA’s announcement.

The MQ-9 series, known as the Reaper in the U.S. military, represents the first hunter-killer unmanned aerial vehicle designed for extended-duration, high-altitude surveillance. With dimensions of 36 feet in length and a wingspan of 65 feet, it also has the capacity to carry ordnance payloads.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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