Report: India Plans $2B Purchase of 100 General Atomics Armed, Surveillance Drones

PredatorIndia plans to buy 100 General Atomics-built unmanned aerial vehicles worth $2 billion to support internal security and counterterrorism efforts and to help counter Chinese incursions into the country’s territory, PTI reported Tuesday.

The news agency said industry sources have indicated India’s interest in both the armed Avenger drones and the Predator XP surveillance UAV.

The report added that the deal may push through despite India’s pending application to join the Missile Technology Control Regime.

“General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is aware of India’s interest in Predator-series remotely piloted aircraft, ” Vivek Lall, chief executive for U.S. and international commercial strategic development at General Atomics, told PTI.

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