India moves to buy 6 more Poseidons from US for $1.8bn
NEW DELHI: India has formally kicked off the acquisition process for six more long-range Poseidon-8I aircraft from the US, while a plan is also underway for fast-track procurement of six Predator-B armed drones amidst the ongoing military confrontation with China.
新德里：印度已正式启动从美国采购6架远程”P- 8I（“海神”）巡逻机的采购进程，同时，在与中国的军事对抗中，印度还计划快速采购6架“捕食者- B”无人机。
India is extensively using the naval P-8I patrol planes, which are packed with radars and electro-optic sensors as well as armed with Harpoon Block-II missiles and MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, for surveillance missions over the Indian Ocean as well as eastern Ladakh.
The Navy had inducted eight Boeing-manufactured P-8I aircraft under a $2.1 billion deal inked in January 2009, while the next four will be delivered from this December onwards under another $1.1 billion contract signed in July 2016.
Top defence sources on Friday said the “letter of request” for six more P-8Is for around $1.8 billionhas now been issued to the US for the go nment-to-go nment deal under Pentagon’s foreign military sales (FMS) programme. “The US, in turn, will soon send the ‘letter of acceptance’ after congressional approval. The contract should be inked by early next year,” said a source.
Concurrently, the armed forces are examining “an emergency procurement” of six Predator-B or weaponized Sea Guardian drones from the US in wake of the ongoing confrontation with China along the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control, especially in eastern Ladakh.
TOI was the first to report last year that India had finalized the plan to acquire 30 Predator-B drones, 10 each for the Army, Navy and IAF, with different payloads to hunt and destroy targets over land and sea. But the high cost of the deal, upwards of $3.5 billion, has somewhat delayed the inking of the final contract.
印度时报去年曾报道印度已经确定了采购30架“捕食者- B”无人机的计划，“捕食者- B”陆军、海军和空军各10架，装配不同的有效载荷，用于在陆地和海上搜寻、摧毁目标。但由于金额高达35亿美元，这在一定程度上推迟了合同的签署。
“The original plan for the 30 Predators will take some more time. Meanwhile, the utilization of the fast-track procurement (FTP) route for acquiring six of these drones – two each for the three Services – is now under active consideration,” said another source.
It will be a huge jump in unmanned lethal capability for the armed forces if the “hunter-killer” Sea Guardians, with their advanced ground control stations, launch and recovery elements, air-to-ground missiles, smart bombs and the like, are actually acquired by India.
The inking of the bilateral military pact with the US called COMCASA (Communications, Compatibility and Security Arrangement) in September 2018 has paved the way for greater access to advanced military technologies with encrypted and secure communications and data links from the country.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50403.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
For peace with China and Pakistan , India should be very strong in war equipments at boarders . If India is weak , these two countries will always put us in trouble .
With junk from the USA you can only throw it in the ocean. Until the USA gives us the latest weapons, it is doing only itself a favor not India.
Never heard of such a drastic defense preparedness ever in the history independent India, had such vigorous and pro active action been taken since 1947 after British rule, India would have been super power
We were always weak. This is why British ensl ved us for 3 centuries.
Kudos to Modiji led NDA for taking appropriate decisions. The UPA for their own known reasons kept military procurement riddled with scams and made our armed forces weak. Jai Bharat Jai Jawan. NDA has making our military strong so that no country will dare to attack us. But we want peace.
After decades of being deprived, the India army, navy and air force are getting properly equipped and empowered now. Jai Hind.
No need to buy any new weapons instead help the poor affected heavily from Corona impacts! China will not start war over a piece of useless infertile inhibitable land. And not start fight with any nuclear power.
India is doing the right thing under Modi. Only two countries can stop Chinese bully - USA & India.
Build our strength as the world will respect us only then...We have two bad neighbours to tackle with..
lol.. as usual business with US means giving them money for junk. They are not giving a penny to India. Oh, this was the bilateral trade CEA was talking about.. total bs
Sincere request to all the Indians do not buy any Chinese products this festival season to support our troops who are fighting for us
There can be no peace with Pakistan or China
Is there any armament to deal with internal enemies
State of the art weapons from our allies.
No other alternative but to strengthen our defences particularly in borders with China- NDA is doing the right thing -
Boycott China EVERYWHERE
Modi is surely strengthening our Defence Forces like never before.
3rd world war is imminent because of China.
Navin Chandra Mishra
Two more Aircraft Carriers are also needed to guard the nation's vast coastline.
With anti national Congress thrown out of power, India's defence needs have begun to draw the attention they merit.
Yes we must be fully equipped in defense to counter threats from both China and Pakistan and in this respect there must not be any relaxation
Yes 20 percent of GDP SHOULD BE USED AND ACQUIRE LAKHS OF MISSILES AND PLANES FOR ONE YEAR.GO FOR HYDROGEN BOMB.STRENGTH ONLY CAN BRING PEACE
India should immediately order another 36 Rafael fighter jets from France which are being offered at a good discount! India needs a strong Air Force as a deterrent to our enemies!
It's US who is going to benifit from this India China conflict