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31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian

31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian:

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of 31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian to India.

  • The MQ-9B Predator drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle. MQ-9B SeaGuardian is a maritime-focused version of the SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS).
  • The MQ-9B drones are also known as “Predators”. They are High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drones that can fly for over 40 hours using a satellite.
  • Out of the 31 MQ-9B Predator drones, of which the Navy will get 15 SeaGuardian drones, while the Army and the Indian Air Force will get eight each of the land version – SkyGuardian.
  • They can be used for offensive missions, reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence operations.