India is going to sign an agreement with United States of America of purchasing some war weapons against China and Pakistan. One more India-US big deal of MQ-9 Drone has possibly done because right now an emergency situation is rising in front of India near the northern war front.
Since the recent weeks, India-China standoff is going on these days and while on the other side, Pakistan has deployed almost 20,000 troops over Pakistan Occupied Kashmir ( POK ). So, somewhere these two neighbouring countries of India are ready to take off or they might be aware of India.
In the wake of multiple prolonged stand-offs with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in eastern Ladakh, India has conveyed to the US its renewed interest in the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) armed Predator-B drone
(reports Shishir Gupta)https://t.co/3hmeM1prqc
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) July 6, 2020
Need of MQ-9 Predator Drone to India;
India needs these drones immediately because India has been facing several infiltrations from Pakistan and now the face-off with China at the northern war fronts. India has already signed a lot of agreements with Russia, France, Japan, Israel etc of purchasing war weapons like S-400 Missiles, T-10 Tanks, 248 ASTRA Missiles, 33 MIG-29 UG and Su-30 MKI fighter jets etc and now with United States of America of purchasing MQ-9 Drones.
So somewhere these defence deals may increase the defensive power of India and also helpful to increase the defence budget. Since the recent six years, the defence budget has risen from $11 billion to $75 billion. This is how if India is continuously working on the defence system then there might be the chances of India to come in the top 3 defensive countries.
Introduction and Specifications of MQ-9 Predator Drone;
The General Atomics MQ-9 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of remotely controlled operations developed by General Atomics Aeronautical System primarily for the United States Air Force. The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as remotely piloted aircraft by the United States Air Force to indicate their human ground controllers.
The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-Endurance, high altitude surveillance. This MQ-9 is a larger, heavier and more capable aircraft than the earlier General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. It can be controlled by the same ground system used to control MQ-1s.
- Role- Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.
- Origin- United States of America.
- Manufacturer- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
- Primary Users- United States Air Force, U.S Customs and Border Protection, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force, Spanish Air Force, Australian Air Force etc.
- Program Cost- US$ 11.9 billion.
- This MQ-9 Predator drone contains very explosive MRM Missiles.
- It has several advanced flight cameras and RADARS which are not only helpful to detect targets on air but also on the land and water as well.
- It is having a range of approximately 2,000 kilometres.
- Speed– up to 135 mph.
- It can fly high at a height of at least 25,000 feet.
- It is having the capability to fly for 24 hours.
- It carries AGM-176 Gryphon Missile, MRM-92 Missile, AGM-114 Hell Fire Missile etc.
History of use of MQ-9 by the US;
United States of America has used this MQ-9 Predator Drone in its various external operations. In the recent reports, the US said that they have used this MQ-9 Drone against Iran while surveillance and even in the attack they used this advanced MQ-9 Predator Drone.
The United States of America also used MQ-9 Predator Drone in Afghanistan because we know that the US Army has been doing surveillance since Osama-Bin-Laden attack on the USA. So in collaboration with the US Army in Afghanistan, MQ-9 does surveillance to create resistance in the Al-Qaida’s initiatives against the US again.
In the western borders of Pakistan, MQ-9 has already done a lot of surgical strikes with its advanced surveillance feature including missile-carrying abilities.
This is a very good deal between India and the United States of America because for the time in the Indian history that India is purchasing such an advanced drone from the United States. Already India is purchasing some more weapons from Russia like S-400 missiles, T-90 Bhishma tanks, 248 ASTRA missiles etc. in order to defend China and Pakistan at the northern fronts.
India has been trying to purchase these advanced MQ-9 Predator Drones from the United States of America from the last two years but due to some internal issues, India could not buy these. But right now, it is an emergency which is standing in front of India, so we are hoping this big deal will surely bring a lot of hope and confidence to India.