US approves drones sale to India

US approves drones sale to India


To protect the shared strategic interests of the Indo-Pacific region, the Trump Administration has approved sale of armed drones to India. It has also offered an integrated air and missile defence systems aimed at helping India boost its military capabilities.

This many layered offer from the US has come in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 Indian security personnel were killed and led to the increasing militarisation and assertiveness of China in that strategic ocean region.

At the meeting of Donald Trump and Narendra Modi in June 2017, the US had agreed to sell surveillance version of the Guardian drones. India was first non-treaty partner to be offered a MTCR Category-1 Unmanned Aerial System, and the General Atomics made Sea Guardian UAS.