U.S. approves sale of 31 MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones to India

By Defence Industry Europe

The United States Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft to India, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on February 2.

 

The potential value of the future contract, including 31 MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones with related equipment, is estimated at USD 3.99 billion.

 

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“The proposed sale will improve India’s capability to meet current and future threats by enabling unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance patrols in sea lanes of operation. India has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing its military and will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” DSCA said in a statement.

 

 

The principal contractor will be General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI).

 

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