As per the new emerging reports, India has kicked off its procurement process to purchase the highly advanced Sea Guardian drones from the United States. India is looking to buy nearly 22 Sea Guardian UAVs at an estimated cost of $2 billion.
“Procurement of Predator ‘B’ Sea Guardian is being progressed under Buy (Global) category (of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2016) and no transfer of technology is envisaged” the defence minister told Parliament.
Currently, this is one of the most advanced maritime reconnaissance drones and can effectively check on the activities of China in the India Ocean with a large endurance time.
In March, the U.S. Senate also expressed desires to sell the drones to India to increase relationship ties.
The Guardian UAV is a maritime version of the MQ-9 “Reaper.” It is powered by a Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine which provides a top speed of 480 kph. Its service ceiling is 49,869 feet.