The Trump administration has approved the $2 billion sale of General Atomics naval surveillance drones to India in another sign of the growing military-to-military cooperation between the two countries. The deal still needs the OK from Congress.
The sale of at least 22 of the MQ-9B unarmed SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft, an upgraded version of the armed MQ-1 Predator drone equipped with multiple radar platforms designed for use in maritime search operations, had been expected during the visit Monday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House.
“We are pleased that the U.S. government has cleared the way for the sale of the MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian government,” Linden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, said in a statement. (SkyGuardian is the manufacturer’s name but it most often is called just the Guardian.)
President Donald Trump referred indirectly to the deal in his first White House meeting