On Thursday, the Biden administration approved a nearly $4 billion transaction involving the sale of drones and military equipment to India. The intended purpose of these acquisitions is to enhance India’s capabilities in maritime safety and surveillance.
This decision aligns with ongoing efforts by the United States to strengthen ties with New Delhi and promote increased collaboration in the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy. The strategy primarily focuses on countering China’s influence in the region.
The State Department formally informed Congress of this $3.99 billion sale, encompassing 31 Sky Guardian drones, 170 Hellfire missiles, 310 small-diameter bombs, and associated support materials. In a statement, the department emphasized that the proposed sale supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives. It aims to bolster the strategic relationship between the United States and India while enhancing the security of India as a significant defense partner in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region.
The statement highlighted the potential benefits of the sale, emphasizing its role in improving India’s ability to address present and future threats through unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance patrols in sea lanes of operation. The department expressed confidence in India’s commitment to modernizing its military and assured that integrating these assets and services into its armed forces would pose no difficulties.