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India leases two MQ-9B SeaGuardian multipurpose drones from the United States

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India leases two MQ-9B SeaGuardian multipurpose drones from the United States

India has received a lease from the United States of two Predator MQ-9B SeaGuardian multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Both drones are rented for a year and will carry out missions in the interests of the Indian Navy.


The drones were leased as part of the emergency purchases of the Indian Ministry of Defense due to the aggravation of the situation on the border with China in Ladakh. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is known that the drones, together with American technical personnel who will provide assistance in operation, arrived in India in early November and have already begun to perform their tasks.

The main area of ​​application is the Indian Ocean, as well as the line of de facto control in eastern Ladakh, where military tensions with China remain.

The MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV is a marine version of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone, aka the Predator multipurpose unmanned complex. The MQ-9B medium-altitude drone was developed on the basis of the MQ-9 Reaper striker, its first flight took place at the end of 2016. The device is capable of flying at speeds up to 388 kilometers per hour and at an altitude of up to 14 thousand meters. The flight duration is up to 48 hours for a distance of over 11 thousand km.

In 2019, the Indian Ministry of Defense refused to purchase up to 30 UAVs from the United States for a total of about $ 6 billion. The order was to include 20 Predator-B strike drones (10 each for the army and the Air Force) and 10 reconnaissance RQ-4 Global Hawk (or other UAVs) for the Indian Navy.

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  1. Alex777
    Alex777 27 November 2020 15: 33
    +4
    The US intelligence mission has begun work in India. hi
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 27 November 2020 15: 38
      0
      Apparently it is, China will have to take this into account.
    2. Stupor
      Stupor 27 November 2020 15: 38
      -3
      Quote: Alex777
      The US intelligence mission has begun work in India. hi

      And the most dangerous thing is that all of a sudden these UAVs will go out of control and strike at Pakistan and China! The mess will begin ..
      Hindus do not know what they are doing when purchasing weapons .. negative
      1. Alex777
        Alex777 27 November 2020 15: 42
        +2
        They will not go out of obedience to the States for a second.
        Personnel to control the set of drones. hi
        1. Stupor
          Stupor 27 November 2020 16: 02
          -4
          Quote: Alex777
          They will not go out of obedience to the States for a second.
          Personnel to control the set of drones. hi

          They can make a mistake or go for a smoke and give access to the Indians ..))) Well, this is done simply because if something happens hi
  2. Doccor18
    Doccor18 27 November 2020 15: 35
    0
    ... it is known that the drones together with American technical personnel ...

    Do not buy, so rent it. We will help as much as we can, only so that the hearth on the border does not cool down ...
    For Democrats, the war between India and China is like manna from heaven ...
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 27 November 2020 15: 39
      +1
      Even a half-Indian woman was made vice president.
      If only it would turn out to play off India with China.
  3. bessmertniy
    bessmertniy 27 November 2020 15: 38
    +2
    I wonder how effectively our defense industry uses the mechanism for renting military equipment? Or do we have nothing to offer for rent? what
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 27 November 2020 15: 43
      +1
      Quote: bessmertniy
      I wonder how effectively our defense industry uses the mechanism for renting military equipment? Or do we have nothing to offer for rent? what

      Why is there nothing? The basis of the Indian atomic submarine is the well-known triplet 1 pr. 670 and 2 pr. 971.
    2. Alex777
      Alex777 27 November 2020 15: 44
      -1
      Or do we have nothing to offer for rent?

      Have you forgotten an old Vietnamese song?
      "... our pilot Li Xi Qing shot you down .." ??!
    3. venik
      venik 27 November 2020 22: 58
      +1
      Quote: bessmertniy
      I wonder how effectively our defense industry uses the mechanism for renting military equipment? Or do we have nothing to offer for rent?

      =======
      Interestingly, the Indians have rented the nuclear submarine from WHOM ??? Maybe the Yankees or the Chinese? what
    4. orionvitt
      orionvitt 28 November 2020 14: 20
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      Quote: bessmertniy
      How effective is our defense industry using the mechanism for renting military equipment?

      I don't understand at all, okay there, a truck, or an airplane. But military equipment, for hire, a warring country in general? Immediately I remember, "I ask you to give me for temporary use, three pounds of nails and two liters of moonshine." Okay, there was a "Lend Lease" at one time, but it was not a rental in its pure form. These were supplies of military equipment, with a deferred payment, and the times were different, the war was on. Or pay only if the rented equipment is ditched, but is it cheaper? In general, some kind of gypsy approach to the army and weapons. Like let the machine gun shoot, the ship to swim, and the plane to fly.
  4. DAQ
    DAQ 27 November 2020 15: 58
    +1
    In 2019, the Indian Ministry of Defense refused to purchase up to 30 UAVs from the United States for a total of about $ 6 billion. The order was to include 20 Predator-B strike drones (10 each for the army and the Air Force) and 10 reconnaissance RQ-4 Global Hawk (or other UAVs) for the Indian Navy

    However, the prices for drones for India are equine.
    It is clear that in addition to the UAVs themselves, the kit would also include equipment, weapons, training, zip and other goodies.
    But for 30 UAVs 6 lard is too much (for each, on average, 200 lam). This is more expensive than the export price of the f-35 with all the goodies.
    Everyone is trying to milk them.
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 27 November 2020 16: 11
      +2
      6 billion is significantly more than their share in the development of FGFA. bully
  5. Old26
    Old26 27 November 2020 18: 20
    +1
    Quote: Nasdaq
    However, the prices for drones for India are equine.

    Well, we also did not supply our "Calibers" to India for free. $ 182 million contract for 28 missiles. That is, 6,5 million dollars per rocket. In Syria, the "Calibers" used, according to Shoigu, in terms of dollars were about 800 thousand apiece. Even cheaper now
  6. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 27 November 2020 19: 24
    +2
    But you could buy from us.
    Only there is nothing. We don't have this.
  7. Lesorub
    Lesorub 27 November 2020 22: 33
    +2
    India leases two MQ-9B SeaGuardian multipurpose drones from the United States

    Great weather, two drones will not play, but take a closer look at the US technology closer to the topic.
    In addition to the production of shock UAVs, the Indians are doing the same as with the fifth generation aircraft.
  8. amr
    amr 28 November 2020 11: 56
    0
    wow, I was the only one confused by 20 drones, even with control centers, training, etc. for 6 billion dollars?
  9. iouris
    iouris 28 November 2020 12: 37
    0
    Understood: Azerbaijan has rented drones.