India Buys 31 MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAVs

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India Buys 31 MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAVs
India approved the acquisition of 31 MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones from the U.S. for an estimated value of USD 3 billion.

Indian Defence Ministry will allocate 15 UAVs to the Navy while the remaining 16 will be shared as fifty-fifty by the Army and the Air Force.

India will use the MQ-9B SeaGuardian for reconnaissance, and intelligence surveillance (ISR) missions in order to enhance India's alert and monitoring capabilities to address emerging security challenges.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) equips the UAV with advanced sensors, including high-resolution cameras, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and an electronic intelligence system (ELINT).

The drone has 40 hours of endurance and may fly at an altitude of 40,000 ft. It can cover a distance of more than 6,000 nautical miles.

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