Government sources said that the talks between India and the US government on the Predator/MQ9B procurement program for 30 aircraft are in the final stages. “It is this ability to maintain the status of a major defense partner that has been worked upon over the years through various foundational agreements and India’s involvement in the MTCR,” sources said. India will be the first non-NATO partner to achieve this capability. These modern drones have no match in the defense industry. These will be manufactured by General Atomics.
The MQ-9B drone can fly for 48 hours continuously. It can also carry a weight of up to 1700 kg at a time. Firing can also be done with this. With this, the Indian Army will be able to better monitor Chinese warships in the South Indian Ocean.