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India can save billions of dollars as US to retire Global Hawk drones

To save money for buying cutting-edge warfighting weapons, the USAF has reportedly proposed to the Pentagon to scrap two-thirds of its fleet of about 35 Global Hawk drones

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

Stemming from America’s changing security threats is a lucrative opportunity for New Delhi to save billions of dollars on its ongoing purchase of 30 Sea Guardian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and another 10 P-8I Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) for monitoring the Indian Ocean.

Instead of spending an estimated $2.5 billion on Sea Guardian drones, India could buy up to 24 far more capable, sophisticated and longer-range RQ-4 Global Hawk drones that the US Air Force (USAF) wants to discard. It believes long-range drones are superfluous as Washington shifts ...

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First Published: Mon, November 25 2019. 22:38 IST
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