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India Cuts Down Purchase of 22 MQ-9 Predator B Guardian Drones

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  1. dani191

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    India Cuts Down Purchase of 22 MQ-9 Predator B Guardian Drones
    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    By: SPUTNIK News

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    India had plans to purchase 22 Sea Guardian drones for the navy, valued at around $2 billion. Instead, it will be around 12 such drones according to the new proposal, as the ministry wants to maximise the utilisation of the limited financial resources available to it, the source added.

    The Indian Defence Ministry will soon approve the purchase of American Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and MQ-9 Reapers for the country's armed forces, but the number of purchase will be less than what was originally planned last year.

    Government sources have revealed that a formal document will soon be issued to the US in this regard, after Washington has sent the "price and availability" details for Sea Guardian, which can carry out long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance, as well as carry Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, advanced marine avionics, and laser-guided bombs.



    On 17 June, 2016, the Indian Defence Ministry sent a letter of request (LoR) to the US seeking to purchase 22 MQ-9 Predator B Guardian maritime patrol remotely piloted vehicles from General Atomics for protection and vigilance of its maritime assets in the Indian Ocean.

    However, the Indian ministry will also ask for a non-maritime version for the army and air force.

    The Guardian is the maritime variant of the Predator B. It is fitted with a Raytheon SeaVue multimode maritime radar under its belly that provides wide-area intelligence and surveillance.
    Predator B has an endurance of over 27 hours, a speed of 240 KTAS, can operate at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1,746 kg) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of external stores.

    The deal was put on hold during the last two years, as India did not sign the communication framework. However, the two countries have expedited the negotiation since last September, when India signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which, according to the joint statement released after the meetings, "will facilitate access to advanced defence systems and enable India to optimally utilize its existing U.S.-origin platforms".

    Dr Subhash Bhamre, India's minister of state for defence, informed the Indian Parliament on 20 December 2017 that: "A request for Information (RFI) for Predator ‘B' Sea Guardian was issued to the US Office of Defence Cooperation on November 14 and the response is awaited".

    He also informed that the deal does not involve a transfer of critical technology to India.
    http://www.defencenews.in/article/I...-of-22-MQ-9-Predator-B-Guardian-Drones-584712
     
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    100 mil per drone. You can buy F35 with that amount. JAI HIND
     
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    $2bn for 22 drones is a massive rip-off. Wiki shows the drone is priced under $20mil per unit
     
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    Did so called indian budget ran out of money no wonder why these suoer powers charge india 100 times more than a regular price of defence items
     
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    maybe its with missiles and stuff....even then it looks really expensive.
     
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    Ahh good old Wiki, the price book of all military hardware.
     
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    F-35 itself costs $80mil which is way more potent and has better survivability. With all the missiles and sub-systems, $100mil per drone is ridiculously expensive.

    In comparison, the Chinese Wing Loong II costs $1-2mil which can carry a number of different missiles and bombs including Lan Jian 7 (Blue Arrow 7) laser-guided air-to-surface missiles, TG100 laser/INS/GPS-guided bombs, and the AR-1/HJ-10 anti-tank missile — the Chinese equivalent to the American-made Hellfire missile or a total payload of 400kgs, fly for about 20 hours with a maximum speed of 370kmph and an operational radius of 1,500km

     
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    If a drone costs more than F35 then there is some serious commission being passed under the table...this is simply ridiculous...only the saudi's can afford this exorbitant price...but even they wont be this stupid enough to buy this at this prices.
     
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    :rofl::lol:
     
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    The U.S. State Department first approved the Netherlands for a potential MQ-9 sale in 2015, when it valued the order at about $339 million for four air vehicles, six Honeywell TPE331-10T turboprop engines, ground stations, Lynx radars, and a variety of other subsystems and spares. The deal is for the unarmed configuration of the Reaper.

    https://www.defensenews.com/digital...ds-signs-deal-for-unarmed-mq-9-reaper-drones/