India is advancing the import of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
Responding to a question in parliament, India’s Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre, said on 20 December that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi was awaiting a response from the US Office of Defence Cooperation to its 14 November request for information (RFI) for the UAVs.
He said the acquisition was being “progressed” under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure-2016, pointing out that no transfer of technology is envisaged in the purchase.
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