President Donald Trump, who was trying to take advantage of India, has been hit hard by New Delhi. India refused to buy a US drone despite pressure from the US Secretary of State. I wanted to show like “win”
New Delhi received a heavy blow for President Donald Trump, who was trying to take advantage of India in the US presidential election. India has refused to buy the US armed drone MQ-9 Reaper despite pressure from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In fact, Trump wanted to show it as a foreign policy “ victory ” at the turning point of the campaign through this billion-dollar deal.
The Donald Trump administration had also put a lot of pressure on India to buy this drone. The United States has approved the sale of MQ-9 Reaper drones to India and believes the drone can prove to be of great help in a deadly skirmish along the border with China. Several Trump administration officials told US News the sale of drone planes was the main agenda for Mike Pompeo and Defense Minister Mark Esper’s visit to India, but India did not approve of it. .
American drones are very expensive
According to sources, these American drones are very expensive, which is why India has not approved their purchase. An MQ-9 harvester drone costs around $ 16 million. He said India wanted to buy many more weapons, but had postponed them until the election. Trump is said to have wanted to redeem the deal as a victory for foreign policy, but India’s move shocked him. One expert said the move was more political than strategic for the Trump administration.
India steps up defense purchases
Explain that India is stepping up defense purchases due to tensions along the border with China. Priority is given to the development of missile technology weapons systems in India. But depending on the requirement, purchases are also made abroad. The Indian Ministry of Defense was preparing to purchase 30 General Atomics M Q-9 Reaper drones from the United States recently. The deal can be around Rs 22,000 crore. According to sources, India has canceled the deal for now, seeing so much money spent. The agreement was to be in two parts. The first six Reaper Medium Altitude Long Endurance drones were to be purchased and delivered in the coming months. The remaining 24 drones were to be delivered within the next three years.