India’s Defence Ministry is going to take up the case for the acquisition of 30 Predator drones for the three defence forces at a high-level meeting scheduled to be held on Monday, as reported by ANI.
If the acquisition is cleared in this meeting, it would be forwarded to the Defence Acquisition Council for final approval by the defence ministry and then it would be for the Cabinet Committee on Security to give its final nod before the contract is signed. India and the US have been negotiating the deal for more than two years and it is now in the final stages of getting cleared by the government, the sources said.
According to the plan, all the three services would be getting 10 drones each which would be used for surveillance as well striking targets when required. India is also getting drones from Israel which are helping them to get coverage in high altitude areas and have been equipped with the latest surveillance gadgets.