India-US to enter defence deal worth $2billion

A pair of key senators is pressing US to approve the $2billion General Atomic’ Guardian, a non-lethal maritime version of the MQ-9 Reaper. India has been declared a strategic defence partner after joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and this deal is considered a centre piece of the relationship. India has sent letters of request for 22 Guardian drones and three electromagnetic catapults under the US Foreign Military Sales programme.

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