In addition to its traditional tensions with Pakistan, India is adding others with China, which recently led to various clashes in the western Himalayan region. This would explain the interest of the Mumbai government in acquiring up to 30 unmanned MQ-9 Reaper (or Predator B) aircraft from US manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
That acquisition would be valued at around 3,000, making India the fifth country to equip itself with unmanned Reaper aircraft after France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy, and strengthening India as the United States’ strategic partner in the US region . with the aim of counteracting the influence of China in Southeast Asia.
This is how Indian newspapers are collecting it and reflecting government sources who prefer not to divulge their identities but confirm that the takeover will be confirmed next month. Although the Predator is quoted, any indication of the capabilities the Indian Navy could achieve with it could also suggest the acquisition of the MQ-9B SeaGuardian marine patrol variant.
The armed reaper
In order to equip the Reaper with precise air-to-ground systems, it is necessary to get the most out of its capabilities. This means making the most of the aircraft’s potential, as it was designed from the start with fighter-killer capacity for missions over long distances and great heights. The Reapers typically use multi-purpose hellfire missiles, particularly AGM114 Hellfire II and precision bombs like the GBU-12 Paveway II, for laser guidance, GBU38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) for GPS guidance, and GBU-49 Enhanced Laser Guided Bomb for laser guidance or the GBU-54 Laser JDAM, which combines both functions. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: An armed US MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan (USAF)
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