The Trump administration has approved the sale of armed drones to India, said a news report
The Trump administration has approved the sale of armed drones to India and has offered integrated air and missile defence systems aimed at helping the country boost its military capabilities and protect shared security interests in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
The approval-cum-offer from the US came in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed. Another reason is the increasing militarisation and assertiveness of China in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to the officials, the Trump administration is ready to offer its best defence technologies to India.
“The United States approved the sale of the armed drones to India. We have offered integrated air and missile defence technology to India,” a senior White House official told news agency Press Trust of India.
The US official, who spoke with news agency PTI on the condition of anonymity, did not reveal when the sale of the armed drones to India might take place.
During the June 2017 meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, the US had agreed to sell surveillance version of the Guardian drones to India.
India was the first non-treaty partner to be offered a Missile Technology Control Regime or MTCR Category-1 Unmanned Aerial System – the Sea Guardian UAS manufactured by General Atomics.
While the deal is yet to see the…