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"To confront China and Pakistan": India buys 30 Predator MQ-9B attack drones

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"To confront China and Pakistan": India buys 30 Predator MQ-9B attack drones

India intends to purchase 30 Predator MQ-9B multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) amid ongoing confrontation with China and Pakistan. This is reported by the Indian edition of Business Standard, citing sources in the military circles.


The agreement is scheduled to be signed in April, the cost of 30 Predator MQ-9B drones is estimated at $ 3 billion. At the same time, neither India nor the United States has yet officially confirmed this information.

According to the newspaper, New Delhi plans to use drones both in the Indian Ocean and on the line of de facto control in eastern Ladakh, where military tensions with China remain. The acquisition of attack drones should significantly expand the military capabilities of the Indian army, which is armed only with Israeli-made Heron TP reconnaissance UAVs.

For our part, we note that the Indian army is already operating two American multipurpose Predator MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones, leased from the Pentagon at the end of last year.

The MQ-9B UAV is a medium-altitude drone developed on the basis of the MQ-9 Reaper striker, its maiden flight took place at the end of 2016. The device is capable of flying at speeds up to 388 km / h 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. Doccor18
    Doccor18 13 March 2021 14: 56
    +9
    30 UAVs totaling about $ 6 billion ...

    The amounts are just a fairy tale ...
    1. dSK
      dSK 13 March 2021 15: 06
      +4
      Russia has nothing to offer India in this segment ...
      1. Kaman
        Kaman 13 March 2021 17: 20
        -11%
        I'm waiting for the uryakalka to write: “why didn't the bad Indians buy from us? Ours is better "
      2. venik
        venik 13 March 2021 20: 48
        +2
        Quote: dsk
        Russia has nothing to offer India in this segment ...

        =========
        There is nothing yet. Keyword BYE!
        "Altius" has just completed the tests and entered the stage of the pilot batch.
    2. Maz
      Maz 13 March 2021 15: 37
      +5

      Interesting thing
      1. Eldorado
        Eldorado 13 March 2021 15: 52
        -3
        It is based on the American "Predator". The Chinese "Wing loong" and our "Orion" have an identical design.
        1. Professor
          Professor 13 March 2021 17: 59
          +2
          Quote: Maz
          Interesting thing

          Don't be complex. You also have fun things.
          1. Kaman
            Kaman 13 March 2021 21: 19
            -1
            Professor, there is only one country that is cooler than Israel in the field of unmanned aircraft. This is the USA.
            1. Professor
              Professor 14 March 2021 07: 07
              -1
              Quote: Kaman
              Professor, there is only one country that is cooler than Israel in the field of unmanned aircraft. This is the USA.

              Nevertheless, MAZ has something to be proud of. The US buys Israeli drones, not the other way around.
              1. Kaman
                Kaman 14 March 2021 08: 08
                -3
                In my opinion, they have not been purchasing for 15-20 years. Once purchased by Sercher and Pioneer
                1. Professor
                  Professor 14 March 2021 08: 45
                  -1
                  Quote: Kaman
                  In my opinion, they have not been purchasing for 15-20 years. Once purchased by Sercher and Pioneer

                  Israeli drones guard the US-Mexico border.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 13 March 2021 14: 56
    +2
    At the same time, neither India nor the United States has yet officially confirmed this information.

    Are we going to guess or wait until we find out?
    1. novel66
      novel66 13 March 2021 14: 59
      -4
      and if so - not a fig poked them! Vitya, hello!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 13 March 2021 15: 07
        -8
        They dance, bustle around the minke whales ... he smells the kitten whose hamburger has encroached on!
        They will give, they will take .... although, in the confrontation against China, how will this help them, the question is ???
        1. novel66
          novel66 13 March 2021 15: 09
          +1
          do not climb the mountains, patrol yourself and rush with the hellfires
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 13 March 2021 18: 19
            +2
            Quote: novel xnumx
            do not climb the mountains, patrol yourself and rush with the hellfires

            Will it roll against China's air defense?
            1. novel66
              novel66 13 March 2021 20: 08
              +1
              you won't try, you won't know lol
    2. Flooding
      Flooding 13 March 2021 15: 03
      +3
      Quote: rocket757
      Are we going to guess or wait until we find out?

      I wonder if India has the ability to control the UAV at a great distance by means of satellites?
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 13 March 2021 15: 09
        +2
        Do they have a satellite constellation, the question is ... but anyway, against China, this technique will help a lot? How?
        1. Flooding
          Flooding 13 March 2021 15: 18
          +2
          Quote: rocket757
          Do they have a satellite constellation, the question is ... but anyway, against China, this technique will help a lot? How?

          I'm just about it
          about the expediency of spending such an amount
          it is understood that the price of the ammunition used is most likely included in the transaction price
          What's the point of buying unarmed drummers?
          but if it is not possible to act at the maximum distance laid down in the characteristics of the aircraft, and to deliver strikes deep behind enemy lines, then this means knowingly buying equipment with castrated capabilities
        2. donavi49
          donavi49 13 March 2021 17: 03
          +12
          India is a large space power if that. Their satellite constellation exceeds 200 spacecraft.

          They have an autonomous satellite navigation system - NavIC of 8 spacecraft. While the military and state. The NVS program will start in November - the first satellite will fly. He will already give a signal to private traders.


          They have a relatively fresh constellation of transponders from 1,5 to 3,5 tons in different orbits.



          Well, they also have a whole grouping for radar scanning of the earth and optical reconnaissance.


          They throw in heaps of small things. There, on February 28, they launched on PSLV-C51 - 5 of their own satellites and 14 private ones in addition to the Brazilian observatory of Amazonia.
          1. Flooding
            Flooding 13 March 2021 17: 33
            +2
            Quote: donavi49
            India is a large space power if that. Their satellite constellation exceeds 200 spacecraft

            Thank you
          2. Intruder
            Intruder 13 March 2021 17: 54
            +3
            India is a large space power if that. Their satellite constellation exceeds 200 spacecraft.
            in ancient times, she built all sorts of "vimanas", and then ciphered treatises in Sanskrit about them .., as you can see, they remembered their successful and ancient history, there are many frescoes on the walls of ancient temples, they directly show what they had: and fiery arrows on mobile launchers with gusli and all sorts of interesting images of "birds" with seated leaders, with advanced aerodynamics and a carrying body of gliders ...
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              1. Intruder
                Intruder 13 March 2021 22: 14
                +1
                and everyone degraded
                hmm .., there are many theories about the degradation of Mankind, in past eras and that this happened repeatedly, almost constantly in periods, every several thousand years in later, or tens of thousands of years, in more distant eras, perhaps this is due to changes climate ..., and with the technogenic causes of these changes, there are few actual sources that can be analyzed, according to the frescoes and documents that can be publicly found, you still need to understand their real reliability, and the ancient peoples had almost our problems of the modern world, propaganda, politics and all sorts of mass cultural "troubles" !? winked
          3. rocket757
            rocket757 13 March 2021 19: 12
            0
            Clear. Then "butting" can go to another level.
      2. Pashhenko Nikolay
        Pashhenko Nikolay 13 March 2021 17: 24
        +3
        If it is against China, believe me, someone will provide them with as many communication channels as they need.
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 13 March 2021 19: 14
          0
          Then it's really serious ...
          I wonder why they don't do this themselves ... or do they have it and they just want to supplement, diversify?
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 13 March 2021 15: 16
    +2
    This is a concession to the United States, so that the Yankees endure the brains of the Indians less for buying the C400.
  4. knn54
    knn54 13 March 2021 15: 17
    0
    A couple of months ago, Trump signed a decree prohibiting US agencies from purchasing drones from Russia, Iran, China and North Korea. Because they are "opponents" of the United States, threatening the national security of the country.
    I think that this decree is automatically "recommended" to other countries as well.
    India uses the above-mentioned UAVs for reconnaissance purposes, without weapons.
  5. evgen1221
    evgen1221 13 March 2021 16: 34
    -2
    A vivid example of post-imperialist policy for the benefit of a specific country (not India), but in other matters, any country with due lack of principle and desire for benefits only for itself, can go the same way and achieve some success (moral law is another matter). Divide and conquer technology in creative recycling. We create the forces of our agents, the foreign ministry and all levers of power, including the media and mass culture - cinema, radio (requires a single center without any hints of democratic snot - only the goal, control and punishment of unnatural performers), create the enemy itself, then blow it up to the skies with fables. And we offer neighboring countries our protection from an allegedly common threat (in fact, imaginary and non-threatening to them, but what is logic and history in comparison with the thesis - everyone knows that this is an enemy? Such as an enemy))), then we start selling solutions to the problem at an exorbitant price. How tired or how the Papuans will begin to see clearly that they are being fooled, start anew to create a new enemy, or even better create these images of enemies per CD. Convenient and profitable, plus, you are all Dartagnan in white and not at all in business. No matter how business is, and there is nothing to show and not to anyone, because the peoples of the neighbors already consider each other the most evil spooks of hell and nothing will try on, and you continue to sing for peace and quietly play off the next victims who have the natural resource you need at the moment. The Quintessence of Sun Tzu, polished to idial! By the way, it also works in the household everyday home field))))
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 13 March 2021 17: 50
      +2
      We create the forces of our agents, the foreign ministry and all levers of power, including the media and mass culture - cinema, radio (requires a single center without any hints of democratic snot, only the goal, control and punishment of unnatural performers), create the enemy itself, then blow it up to heaven with fables.
      many are now on VO, have learned a couple of countries from different continents of this planet ...!? laughing wink
      1. evgen1221
        evgen1221 13 March 2021 20: 18
        +1
        Well, for those who never seem to get out of the tank, I'm talking about the ancestor of the style of England and the (worthy) student of the United States. However, if desired, it is applicable to any country, to any country.
  6. Holuay T.O
    Holuay T.O 13 March 2021 17: 27
    -5
    How handsome he is!
  7. Intruder
    Intruder 13 March 2021 17: 47
    0
    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.
    They just chose time-tested and conflict-tested systems, well done, cunning Indians ... lol
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 13 March 2021 18: 24
      +4
      Quote: Intruder
      We just chose the time-tested

      Even if we take it out of the brackets that the Mq-9 is the best in its class and only twin-engine UAVs can compete with it, then they simply have no one to buy from. Only the USA and Israel. There is a feud with China, Turkey is an ally of Pakistan with whom the Cold War. And there are no more countries that have UAVs of this class.
      If we take weapons and equipment for UAVs, then Israel and the United States are generally out of competition.

      I think now there is a bargaining with whom to work and on what conditions.
    2. Nestor Vlakhovski
      Nestor Vlakhovski 13 March 2021 22: 47
      +1
      Santa Barbara has been going there for 6 years with these purchases of American drones, all in the best Indian traditions.
      First they tried to buy a shock ripper, then a traitor, then a traitor-c, then a predator-b, now they are back to the usual traitor again. I wouldn't be surprised if they change their minds again.
      I can't even imagine what these people have in their heads ...
  8. Ratmir_Ryazan
    Ratmir_Ryazan 13 March 2021 18: 54
    -6
    Against China and Pakistan, these UAVs are of little use in the strike version. These countries have powerful air defense, they will instantly remove these slow-moving and expensive "toys" from the sky.

    The United States just tried to enter Iranian airspace on a naval version of such a UAV, immediately got a missile in the belly and lost 200 million dollars.

    3 billion dollars can be spent more efficiently by buying, for example, 30 Su-35s or returning to a joint project with Russia on a 5th generation fighter.

    Although India is a rich country, they can boo.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 13 March 2021 18: 58
      +3
      More important is the intelligence equipment that can be installed on these UAVs and the fact that it can be in the air for 1-2 days. Optical systems, electronic warfare, PLO, communications, etc. The value for India is in this.
      1. Ratmir_Ryazan
        Ratmir_Ryazan 13 March 2021 19: 01
        +1
        As a scout, yes, such a UAV cannot be replaced. You can't fly over the desired area on anything else so inexpensively and for a long time, transmitting information directly to the checkpoint.
  9. stayer
    stayer 13 March 2021 19: 52
    0
    "To get along with China and Pakistan": India buys 30 Predator MQ-9B attack drones
    Is affinity a scientific term? Or another jamb in grammar?
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  12. Anar
    Anar 13 March 2021 21: 34
    +1
    And the population of this country, not counting a couple of hundred millionaires, is considered one of the poorest in the world ..... India is very, very far from China. 1 by 1 China will tear apart the small homeland of the Roma ...
  13. Magmax
    Magmax 13 March 2021 23: 02
    0
    Indiia sure is spending bilions on weapons.