Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

US Greenlights $4 Billion Sale of Armed Drones to India

US Greenlights $4 Billion Sale of Armed Drones to India
Credits: The Conversation

The US State Department has given its approval for the potential sale of military equipment, including 31 armed drones, missiles, and other items, to India at a value of nearly $4 billion.

The deal, initially announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June 2023, had faced a delay in December when a Senate committee put it on hold due to an investigation into an alleged Indian plot to assassinate an individual on US soil.

The approved deal comprises the sale of 31 MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones, 170 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, 310 laser small diameter bombs, along with communications and surveillance equipment, and a precision glide bomb.

US Greenlights $4 Billion Sale of Armed Drones to India

Armed Drones (Credits: EastMojo)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is designated as the primary contractor for the agreement. The sale’s confirmation is contingent on approval from the US Congress.

Senator Ben Cardin, who had placed a hold on the deal pending the investigation into the alleged assassination plot, has now lifted the hold after the US government committed to a comprehensive investigation. The alleged plot involved an Indian conspiracy to assassinate an American citizen advocating for Khalistan, an independent Sikh state.

“The [Biden] administration has demanded that there be an investigation and accountability in regards to the plot here in the United States, and that there is accountability within India against these types of activities,” Senator Cardin stated.

Last year, the US accused Delhi of involvement in the plot, triggering a denial from India’s foreign ministry, which also expressed its commitment to investigating the allegations and addressing the US government’s security concerns.

The Pentagon has emphasized that the proposed drone deal with India will contribute to strengthening the strategic relationship between the two nations and align with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-68150918

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Entertainment

Actress Emma D’Arcy is from the British rebellion. She has only appeared in a small number of movies and TV shows. It might be...

Entertainment

Jennifer Coolidge Is Pregnant: Jennifer Coolidge Audrey Coolidge is a comedian and actress from the United States. Many of her followers are wondering if...

News

Spoilers! The demon Akaza from Kimetsu no Yaiba dies in the eleventh arc of the manga and the one responsible for his death is...

Entertainment

The young YouTube star Emily Canham has recently been seen making headlines for her amazing work and her journey. She started from scratch and...