Washington, June 24: Ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to United States of America, President Donald Trump tries to cut military based deals with India in prior. Recently, Trump’s administration wants to see a Westinghouse nuclear reactor deal with India to move forward. The deal has been postponed from years after a nuclear accident took place. However, after striking this deal, U.S has also approved of the sale of naval variant of the Predator drone.
India has been looking to buy 22 of the unarmed surveillance aircraft, MQ-9B Guardian, worth more than $2 billion to keep watch over the Indian Ocean. U.S based company called General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will be selling this to India. CEO of GAAS says, “We are pleased that the U.S government has cleared the way for the sale of MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian government. “
Securing agreement on the purchase of the drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme. The deal would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance. However, the State Department has not made any statement on the sale.