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Deal for high altitude UAVs likely

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  1. AKIIN

    AKIIN 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Deal for high altitude UAVs likely
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    The file photo shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. File photo: Reuters
    An agreement or announcement to this effect is likely when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India as the chief guest for the Republic Day ceremony next month, sources informed The Hindu.
    India and the U.S. are negotiating a deal for the purchase of high altitude, long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

    An agreement or announcement to this effect is likely when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India as the chief guest for the Republic Day ceremony next month, sources informed The Hindu.

    Though the variant and the numbers are not known, it has been learnt that the UAV in question is most likely the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, a non-combat drone and the largest unmanned aircraft system built by the U.S.

    Global Hawk is a HALE Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with extraordinary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, providing near-real time, high resolution imagery of large geographical areas both during the day and night, in all types of weather.

    The Global Hawk has an endurance of over 24 hours and can operate at an altitude of 60,000 feet. The U.S. has extensively deployed it in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    It has further been upgraded as the MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance platform for the U.S. Navy.
     
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    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    At what cost
     
  3. sam2012

    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Is this in par with MCTR regime??
     
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    Gessler BANNED BANNED

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    Whatever cost is necessary to ensure the forces get what they need.

    On topic, I would think the naval version MQ-4C Triton could be purchased.
     
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    venureddy Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    if this deal goes through it would enhance our maritime surveillance capability by many folds. just imagine that these drones are deployed at andaman and nicobar islands.
     
  6. AKIIN

    AKIIN 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    We have short in technology or what .....why we can not make this types of drone ?
     
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    tusharm Captain FULL MEMBER

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    its cost is 130-150 million USD but total package will cost more.

    Uses engine same as Embraer ERJ 145 which is already in Indian Airforce & BSF service.
     
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    kiduva21 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    is it will be used along with P8ifor anti sub operations? to make them to fully utilise tha P8i.
     
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    venureddy Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    it can be used for patrolling a vast distance as its endurance is very high than that of p8i. and regarding anti sub operatios i dont know about it.
     
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