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India keen to acquire US ‘Predator’ Armed Drones for US

India is keen to acquire US 'Predator' Armed Drones and is likely to make a renewed offer to US during Indian Defence Minister’s visit to US next week. Earlier attempt by India to acquire the drones could not proceed as the US referred to international regulations that made it impossible to export the armed Predator. But now with India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime in June, things could change. However, still a tough road will lie ahead for this acquisition considering India’s current reluctance to sign two military pacts - the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement - that US considers being essential. At present, India operates a fleet of unarmed Heron and Searcher UAVs and also has a fleet of Harpy UAVs from Israel.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/india-keen-to-acquire-us-predator-armed-drones-after-entry-into-the-mtcr/articleshow/53880886.cms

 

 

 

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