India And US Deals for 31 MQ -9B Drones

US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to procure General Atomics MQ -9B High Altitude Long Endurance ( HALE) Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) . giving more details on the nature of purchase a joint statement said that the MQ-9B which will be assembled in India will enhance the Intelligence , Surveillance capabilities of India’ s Armed Forces . The procurement process has commenced with the Defense Acquisition Council ( DAC) is the first step in the process. The deal will be executed through the Foreign Military Sales of the US government.

Pricing terms :

The price and other cost related terms of purchase of 31 MQ-9B High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The Defense Ministry on Sunday said the estimated cost provided by the US government was $3.072 billion but the price and other terms and conditions are yet to be finalized. The Defense Acquisition Council accorded the Acceptance of Necessity on June 15 for the acquisition of 31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian and 15 Sea Guardian for the three services through the Foreign Military Sales route. The AoN Included the no of UAVs t be procured .

The AoN noted the estimated cost of $3,072 million provided by the U.S. government however price will be negotiated once Policy approval of the U.S. government is received . the ministry said that under the FMS route a letter of request would be send to the U.S. government .

Based on LOR letter of request the U.S. government and MoD will finalize the letter of Offer and Acceptance where details of equipment and terms of the procurement would be negotiated and finalize in accordance with the FMS program.

India is also negotiating to increase the indigenous content in the deal from the current 8% -9% to 15% -20% .

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