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The MQ-9B Predator drone is going to be included in the Indian Army fleet soon. Negotiations between India and the US are in the final stages to buy 30 Predator armed drones costing over $3 billion, or Rs 22,000 crore. However, some issues are still being resolved. This drone, which remains in the air for a long time, will increase the strength of the security forces.
Dr. Vivek Lal, Chief Executive, General Atomics Global Corporation said that the talks on the purchase between the two governments are in the last phase. The American company ‘General Atomics’ has made these drones. These 30 drones will be used to increase vigilance along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and near the Indian Ocean.
Al-Zawahiri was killed with this drone
All these drones are being procured for the three services. The MQ-9B drone is the second version of the MQ-9 ‘Reaper’. Last month it was used to allegedly fire a modified version of the Hellfire missile in Kabul. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in it. The US is also believed to have used it to find Osama bin Laden.
This drone is capable of staying in the air for about 35 hours.
These drones are capable of staying in the air for about 35 hours. This drone is flown and operated with the help of a remote. For this two people are needed. It can monitor an area of 1900 km once in flight. According to sources, it can fly at a speed of 482 km in an hour. Its wingspan is 65 feet 7 inches and its height is 12 feet 6 inches.
Indian Navy leases MQ-9B for surveillance in 2020
In 2020, the Indian Navy received two ‘MQ-9B’ Sea Guardian drones on lease from the US for one year for surveillance in the Indian Ocean. Later the lease period has been extended. It can be deployed for many things including surveillance, intelligence gathering and destruction of enemy positions.