India is set to finalise a long-conceived proposal to procure 30 multi-mission armed Predator drones from the U.S. for the three services at an estimated cost of over $3 billion (around ₹22,000 crores).
Compared with other major military powers, India is not too late in the application of military drones and is currently the world’s third largest importer of drones. However, Indian armed forces are not familiar with armed UAVs. This is largely related to the fact that the Indian army does not attach importance to drones, currently, the Indian armed force using Israeli drones especially for surveillance. However, after discovering the advanced aspects of UAV applications in the United States, Turkey and other countries, India has also “opened up” and has shown greater interest in UCAV (Unmanned combat aerial vehicle).