The Indian government has clarified that the deal to purchase 30 MQ-9B Predator drones from the United States is a good deal for India. The government has said that the drones are being purchased at a 27% discount, and that India will also receive more technology transfer than other countries that have bought the same platform.
The government has also said that the drones will be used for a variety of purposes, including surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition. The drones will be deployed to the western theater, which is the area along the border with Pakistan.
The government’s clarification comes after Congress raised concerns about the deal. Some members of Congress have argued that the deal is too expensive, and that India should not be buying weapons from the United States. However, the government has defended the deal, saying that it is necessary to strengthen India’s defense capabilities.
The MQ-9B Reaper is a long-range, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is used for a variety of missions, including surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition. The drone is equipped with a variety of sensors, including a high-resolution camera, a radar, and a laser designator. The drone can also carry a variety of weapons, including Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs.
The MQ-9B Reaper is a very capable drone, and it is one of the most advanced UAVs in the world. The drone is also very expensive, and it is not clear how much India will have to pay for the 30 drones that it has ordered.
The government’s clarification about the deal is a welcome development. It is important for the government to be transparent about its defense deals, and to address any concerns that Congress or the public may have. The government should also ensure that the drones are used for legitimate purposes, and that they do not violate any international laws or norms.
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Congress is opposing the acquisition of MQ-9B Reaper drones due to concerns that it may strengthen India’s military capabilities and potentially strain relations with Pakistan and China. Critics allege that Congress and its leader have had associations with China, referring to a purported memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rahul Gandhi and Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party in the past.