India Rethinking $6B US Drone-Buy After Iran’s Downing Of Global Hawk

  • Our Bureau
  • 08:27 AM, July 29, 2019
  • 6094
India Rethinking $6B US Drone-Buy After Iran’s Downing Of Global Hawk
Global Hawk

The Indian Air force (IAF) is reconsidering the purchase of 30 American drones for an estimated $6 billion, after Iran shot down US Navy’s RQ-4 Global Hawk drone with its S-300 missile system in the Persian Gulf region last month.

“The IAF are now especially concerned about the US drones’ effectiveness and survivability in volatile airspace along India’s border with Pakistan and China, which New Delhi claims can be equipped with advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems,” Hindustan Times reported, quoting military officials as saying on Sunday.

The Indian Defense ministry has not yet been approached for acceptance of necessity (AoN), to procure the drones. The plans were for the air force and the army to acquire 10 Predator-B drones each and the navy to buy long-distance surveillance versions.

In addition, high cost of the American armed drones is also pushing the IAF to backpedal on the deal, which is also eyeing at acquiring French-made Rafale jets. According to the military establishment, the cost of a bare drone platform will be to the tune of $100 million and a full complement of weapons like laser-guided bombs or hell-fire missiles will cost another $100 million.

“An armed drone with full complement of weapons will be more expensive than Rafale multi-role fighter with all weapons and missiles on board. Under the circumstances, the IAF will give preference to acquiring more multi-role fighters with long-range air-to-air missiles and the Indian army will be looking towards replacing its dated T-72 tanks,” one of the sources pointed out.

Also Read

First Batch Of AH-64E Apache Gunships To Arrive In India On July...

July 27, 2019 @ 10:28 AM

USA To Support India’s C-17 Military Transport Planes for $670M

July 27, 2019 @ 07:25 AM

ISRO To Build Indian Navy's Second Satellite For $230M

July 24, 2019 @ 04:21 PM

It Took 3 Russian MiG-31 Jets to Intercept One US RQ-4A Global...

August 11, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

Iran Shows Video of Last Year’s US Triton Drone Shooting

June 19, 2020 @ 06:02 PM

Iran Will Unveil Bavar-373 Which Is 'Superior' To S-300 Later This Month:...

August 12, 2019 @ 08:24 AM

USA Approves $950M Logistics Support Sale For S.Korea’s RQ-4 Global Hawk Drones...

July 31, 2019 @ 06:38 AM

India Buys $218M Worth R-27 Missiles For Its Su-30MKI Fighters

July 30, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

India Gifts 2 Fast Interceptor Boats, 44 SUVs To Mozambique

July 29, 2019 @ 11:50 AM