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India looking at $8 Billion Deal for 100 Avenger Drones for IAF.

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Lion of Rajputana, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Captain FULL MEMBER

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    India eyes $8 bn deal for 100 Avenger Predator drones with US for IAF
    The estimated requirement of IAF is for 100 drones, sources said, adding that if a deal — most likely with San Diego-headquartered General Atomics — goes through, its size could be around $8 billion.
    By: Huma Siddiqui | Published: September 22, 2017 6:34 AM
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    The estimated requirement of IAF is for 100 drones, sources said, adding that if a deal — most likely with San Diego-headquartered General Atomics — goes through, its size could be around billion.(Image: GA-ASI)
    Having struck a deal with Washington recently to purchase Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial Systems for the Indian Navy, the Narendra Modi government has now set its sights on acquiring jet-propelled Avenger Predator drones from the US for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The estimated requirement of IAF is for 100 drones, sources said, adding that if a deal — most likely with San Diego-headquartered General Atomics — goes through, its size could be around $8 billion.

    Besides joint projects under the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), in her first major engagement with a foreign counterpart, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on September 26 with the US officials will focus on India-US defence cooperation, maritime security, avenger predator drones, counter-terrorism and other major issues of mutual concern, the sources added. Issues related to American defence companies seeking guarantees of retaining control of propriety and sensitive technologies in joint ventures under the “Make in India” policy, is expected to be raised by the US side.

    As reported earlier by FE, the government had made a special official request for Sea Guardian drones “at the highest levels” in January this year and the Trump administration shepherded that through the inter-agency process in Washington DC as a deliverable for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June visit as this $2-billion deal is seen as unlocking the path to India being a major defence partner for the US. Renowned US aerospace scientist Dr Vivek Lall who was instrumental in over $10 billion of US defence sales to India and thereby changing the mix of Indian defense procurements primarily from Russia earlier, has been spearheading the initiative to concretise the US-India defence relationship.

    Recent media reports have indicated that the Pakistan foreign ministry has objected to the Sea Guardian Predator sale saying it would upset the balance of military capability in the region. Pakistan had been lobbying at the state department prior to Modi’s visit to ensure the Sea Guardian is not offered to India in response to the latter’s request for such. The fact that the Trump administration did not take heed to Pakistan objections is a great diplomatic win for Modi. The visiting secretary is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Modi and national security advisor Ajit Doval on September 26.

    Both countries have inked the logistics exchange memorandum of agreement (LEMOA), however, follow-on foundational agreements like the communication interoperability and security memorandum agreement (CISMOA) and the basic exchange and cooperation agreement (BECA) are still pending.

    (Original Link: http://www.financialexpress.com/eco...enger-predator-drones-with-us-for-iaf/865582/)
     
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  2. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Captain FULL MEMBER

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    A very interesting potential use for the drones India is looking at buying.

     
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  3. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    @PARIKRAMA
    Sola+UCAV
    Not
    Sola+Bijili 35 is what I think will happen.
     
  4. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Captain FULL MEMBER

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    What if all 3 end up happening? Also, are the F-35's for the Air Force, Navy or both?
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Janab infantry ke liye 9mm kharidne ka proposal 2 baar cancel hua iss saal.
     
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    nik141993 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    where the hell will money come from
     
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    Scotlander Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Each Pious Muslim/Mosque/Madrassas going to Give Zakat for the National Bird of Pakistan.:troll:

    On Topic: TOT milega/Make In India, not screw driver job?
     
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  8. Hellfire

    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    We are not buying 9mm :D
     
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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Nope
     
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    sunstersun Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    at most 30% offset i think.
     
  11. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Matlab agle 20 saal tak bhi wohi Browning copies?
     
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    52000 crore for imported drones operated from CIA bases in US of A. But god forbid HAL needs a pitiful 1200 crores for LCA expansion

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    Bhai bomber to theek hai, kabhi koi bandook bhi bana de? Army wale bechare terrorists ko mar mar kar unkee AK-47 use kar rahe hein.
     
  14. Lion of Rajputana

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    Depending on where an encounter occurs, you could even use drones for that.
     
  15. randomradio

    randomradio Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    These drones are direct import. Not license production. Nobody in the world has these drones.

    Even the US forces haven't bought it, but that's because they have hundreds of older models and are waiting for better stuff.

    I think India will be the first country to deploy jet powered MALE drones of this class. Let's not forget the stealth design and internal bays.
     
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