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Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins

Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins December 28, 2017

The US government has commenced its internal process for approving India's request of armed Avenger (formerly Predator C) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). New Delhi and Washington are planning to commence negotiations in April 2018. India will likely pursue a possibility of local production in the frame of 'Make in India' initiative. 

General Atomics' Avenger UAV is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system that can perform wide-area surveillance, time-sensitive strike missions over land or sea, and a host of other challenging military missions. Avenger can operate at speeds up to 400 KTAS, a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet, and 18 hours endurance. Its significant payload capacity enables it to carry multiple sensors, while its internal weapons bay can house 3,500 pounds of precision munitions.

Indian Armed Forces will use the drones especially for contested airspace. The country also inked a contract for the purchase of 22 high altitude long-endurance (HALE) Guardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the US in June this year. Additionally, a Request for Proposal has been issued for development and production of more than 60 short-range drones.

 

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