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Trump administration clears sale of drones to India ahead of Modi visit

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The Donald Trump administration has approved the sale of 22 unarmed drones for naval surveillance to India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US.

The approval was announced by the manufacturer on Friday.

“We are pleased that the US government has cleared the way for the sale of the MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian government,” General Atomics Aeronautical Systems chief executive Linden Blue said in a statement.

The drones will cost an estimated $2 billion and India will be the first country outside Nato to acquire them. Continue reading

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