The US is likely to respond positively to India’s request for 22 unarmed high-tech multi- mission Predator Guardian drones for maritime surveillance, especially in the Indian Ocean, sources here have said.
The move comes after India was designated a ‘major defence partner’ of the US in June.
Within weeks of that designation, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Barack Obama at the White House in early June, the Indian Navy had sent an official letter of request (LoR) in February to Department of Defense towards purchase of 22 high-tech multi-mission Predator Guardian UAVs.
This was the first major request of arms sale purchase by India after Obama designated New Delhi as a major ‘strategic defence partner’.
The US government has not made a formal decision on it yet, but is believed to have started an inter agency process on the Indian request.