Washington: USA has some game changes move where India can have super-strong drones ahead of PM Modi’s visit to USA, meets Donald Trump very first time. Washington approved the acquisition of 22 unmanned Guardian drones for India worth $3 billion.
Government of India has been informed on Thursday regarding this deal. On another side, since Donald Trump has taken charge as USA President, this is the first and significant deal from Trump administration which said to be more productive with India.
Although, there are no official words that deal has been finalised. But, the power and capacity of Guardian drones are beyond imagination. 22 predator drones being manufactured by General Atomics is “a game changer” for US-India relations as it operationalises the status of “major defence partner.”
Previous government of Barack Hussain Obama has expressed India as a major defence partner which was formally approved by the US Congress. The State Department and the White House did not immediately respond to the questions in this regard. An official announcement is expected soon.
Consequently, Modi’s first visit with Donald Trump has been scheduled to take place at the White House on June 26. The Indian Navy had made the request for this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform last year.
Dr Vivek Lall who is US Aerospace expert, associated General Atomics, played a pivotal role in acquiring Boeing P8 ISR technology by India. It is also believed that in the Trump admin, Vivek is the important focus person who can benefit India in defence deals.
Indian Navy is in the serious requirement to fly unarmed drone over India Ocean and control such unusual activity in better way than present situation. The deal would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance.