MQ-9B Sea Guardian unarmed drones

This US-made drone is the maritime variant of the Predator MQ-1 UAV. It is capable of operating for 40 hours at the maximum altitude of 40,000 feet. Two of these drones were inducted to the Indian Navy on lease for one year. This is the first defence system taken on lease under the new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020. The only other defence equipment on lease in India is the Chakra nuclear submarine from Russia.

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