30/10/2020

India Possibly Rejects MQ-9 Purchase Over Budget Constraints

India Rejects MQ-9 Purchase Over Budget Constraints: Report – link

Source: Defense World

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  • In a recent U.S.-India ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, the latter reportedly resisted the acquisition of MQ-9B aircraft that come with an expensive price tag
  • The deal is valued at around $3 billion. Financial constraint is one of the major reasons behind the decision, besides we are still evaluating the advantage that our armed forces can receive from these drones,” highly placed government sources were quoted as saying by Sputnik today
  • Officials admitted that there is “no consensus over the usefulness,” while adding that the sale of these armed drones was at the top of the agenda on the American side during the meeting earlier this week
  • Last month, India Today reported citing sources that India plans to acquire six MQ-9B Guardians from the United States – two each for the Army, Air Force and the Navy – for $600 million under fast track procurement. The remaining 24 – eight UAVs for each service – will be acquired over the next three years under an ‘option clause’ in the contract
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