MQ-1 Predator drone
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US Embassy officials today visited an important naval base of the Indian Navy. The naval base that the US officials visited is home to Predator drones manufactured by the US company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, which India has taken on lease. During the visit, the Indian Navy officials briefed the US Embassy officials about the capabilities of Predator drones, surveillance and maintenance, logistic support etc.
Vivek Lall, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, issued a statement saying that US Embassy officials witnessed the MQ-9 operation at the Indian Naval Base, which reflects the growing trust in defense cooperation between India and the US. Explain that India has taken MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) on lease for two years from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The MQ-9 drones have been delivered by the company to India under a company owned, company operated lease agreement. Although how many drones have been given, it has not been disclosed by the company.
US Embassy officials said that they are impressed by the collaboration between the Indian Navy and GA-ASI. Indian Navy has deployed MQ-9 with full capability. Explain that the $ 3 billion defense deal between India and America can also reach the final stage soon. Under this deal, India will get 30 MQ-9B Predator drones from America. Out of these, 10-10 drones will be given to the three armies, Army, Air Force and Navy. With the arrival of these drones, the growing challenge of China in the Indian Ocean can be dealt with.
The specialty of MQ-9B Predator drones is that these drones can monitor day and night and can also fly with payload. In these drones, a 360-degree camera can monitor the sea, sky and land. Equipped with AI and machine learning technology, these drones can also review the data and distribute it in real time to various places so that immediate action can be taken in case of emergency. Given the manner in which the Chinese Navy is infiltrating the Indian Ocean and trying to establish its dominance here, these Predator drones can prove to be very important in terms of surveillance and quick attack.
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