India Chooses to Lease MQ-9B Guardian UAVs

India Chooses to Lease MQ-9B Guardian UAVs – link

Source: Defense World

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  • The Indian Navy has leased a pair of MQ-9B SeaGuardians instead of buying them
  • A report by Hindustan Times states that two MQ-9Bs have been leased for one year
  • The aircraft arrived in India in early November and the Navy began undertaking missions last week
  • The drones will be based at the Naval Air Station Rajali in Tamil Nadu, which is also home to the Indian Navy’s fleet of P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft
  • New Delhi has been mulling at MQ-9 purchase for long. It wanted to acquire 30 drones for $3 billion. After the U.S. eased restrictions on the export of its military grade drones
  • The country has lately been encouraging leasing of military equipment, and had even introduced it as another category in its Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 that came into effect on October 1
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