India to soon finalize proposal to procure 30 MQ-9B Reaper drones from US

India is soon to finalize a proposal to procure 30 armed MQ-9B Reaper long-endurance drones from the United States for the three-Armed Forces at an estimated cost of about Rs 21,000 Crores. All the three services are likely to get 10 drones each. Recently, the proposal was presented before the Defence Procurement Board (DPB) wherein certain issues have been raised which are expected to be cleared soon. Subsequently, now the proposal will be forwarded to the Defence Acquisition Council in the next few weeks for clearance; following which it will be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security to give its final nod before the contract is signed.

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