Ahead of the visit of Indian Prime Minister’s visit to USA, the Trump Administration as reportedly authorized the sale of 22 unarmed drones to India, ahead of the leaders of the two nations meeting Monday in Washington.
The U.S.-based company that makes the drones, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, said on Friday that the U.S. government had approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator drone to India.
The approximate cozy of the deal is worth $2 billion. The sale of the unmanned aircrafts still must have congressional approval. If approved, India would reportedly be the first non-NATO country to make such a purchase.
Prime Minister Modi’s two-day visit to Washington, which starts Sunday, takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues.
The senior White House official said any arms transfer would take into account the regional situation.
India, a big buyer of U.S. arms that was recently named by Washington as a major defense ally. India has strain relation with its neighbors mainly Pakistan and China.
There are also concerns about potential destabilizing impact in the region with the sale of this drones to India.