There is a steady decline in the import of defense equipment from abroad. Now the Defense Department has formed a committee of senior officials to determine the number of Predator drones to be purchased from the United States.
The government is emphasizing on ‘Make in India’ in the field of defence. Apart from promoting arms production in the country, it is also procuring indigenous defense equipment. On the basis of this policy, there is a steady decline in the import of defense equipment from abroad.
According to ANI news agency, the Defense Ministry has now constituted a committee of senior officials to determine the number of Predator drones to be procured from the United States.
Actually, India was planning to buy 30 high altitude Predator drones equipped with missiles and strike capabilities. Drones were to be included in all three services. Negotiations on this deal were in the final stages. Sources told ANI that a committee headed by an officer of the rank of Lieutenant General of the Integrated Defense Staff Headquarters has been constituted to determine the number of Predator drones.
In fact, the government believes that until such equipment is developed in the country, these drones should be procured to meet the needs of all three services. Sources said drones are needed for all the three services in the country. These drones can be used for surveillance as well as for attacking enemy territory.
The estimated cost of 30 Predator drones from America is being told at $3 billion. According to PTI, this is the first time the US has sold drones to a non-NATO ally. The defense deal was announced during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the US in 2017. Recently, on the instructions of the Prime Minister’s Office, several defense deals imported by the Defense Ministry were either canceled or put on hold giving preference to indigenous weapon systems.