Here’s Why Indian Navy Wants Unarmed Drones?


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday. Apart from this, the defence relationship between the two countries will be on the cards of cooperation in the field of terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Although India is looking for modernization of its Airforce, while keeping an eye on the US-built Marine Guardian drones for the Navy to monitor activities in the Indian Ocean region, along with the coastline, especially in the region of Indian Ocean.


If rely on the report, then the administration of US President Donald Trump wants to complete the agreement to transfer the unmanned drones to India.
Earlier this week,¬†¬†Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had considered India their major defence associate, ” The proposals the US has put forward, including for Guardian UAVs, aircraft carrier technologies, the Future Vertical Lift Programme, and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft, are all potential game changes for our commercial and defence cooperation.”
PM Narendra Modi after meeting with Trump took the decision to buy the unarmed drones for India. The decision was taken in June. Now, as per the report, US is all set to complete the deal and deliver 22 of these drones to India. The cost of 22 drones will be $ 2-3 billion.
The Sea Guardian, MQ-9 Reaper Drone’d naval variant can reach an Operational altitude of 50,000 ft. and has a range of over 1,800 kms. The drone can achieve s maximum speed of 300 kmph and can be stretched for 14 hours. But, the variant of the drone can be used only for surveillance, not for carrying weapons.
With the purchase of these drones, a debate takes the shape of the need of such unarmed drones. Whether the Indian Navy actually requires an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is unarmed.
“Armed and unarmed drones have their special purpose, and it is unfair to say that either of them is useless. Surveillance is important from a strategic point of view and drones are cheap and effective ways of monitoring activities on the sea area. We can have a debate on whether these drones are costing much, but to say they are useless are an unfair argument to make,” stated by Defence expert C Uday Bhaskar. According to him, the debate is misguided.
India has an exigency to eye on the sea area having the coastline of more than 7,500 kms. These US drones will help to serve the dual purpose on the Western coast of the Arabian Sea. On the one hand, drones will monitor the sea-based intrusion to avoid terror activities like Mumbai attacks of 26/11. On the other hand, it can be used to track theft in the Arabian sea.
Nevertheless, The Indian Ocean region will be aligned in the interest of Indo-Us, “No one can monitor the Indian Ocean by itself. It will be in the American interest to have a nation of 2-3 nations including India, with whom they can share intel. A drone can be an effective tool in monitoring the movement of China Aircrafts carriers, for instance, in the Indian Ocean. Both US and India would want to keep Chinese Activities under check in the Indian Ocean.”