Sea Guardian Drones from US inducted by the Indian Navy
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Defence and Security
- Recently, two American MQ9B Sea Guardian unarmed drones have been inducted by the Indian Navy.
- The drones would be on lease with India for one year.
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MQ9B Sea Guardian
- It is the maritime variant of the Predator MQ9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
- It has a maximum endurance of 40 hours and a maximum flying altitude of 40,000 feet.
- It has a 3600 maritime surveillance radar and an optional multimode maritime surface search radar.
- It can be used in operations such as Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement (Drug Trafficking, Illegal Immigration and Piracy), etc.
- The drones are meant for carrying out surveillance in the Indian Ocean Region and can be deployed on the China border if asked for and if needed.