India leases top-notch US drones for surveillance amidst border row with China

India has inducted two MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones for top-notch surveillance missions on lease from an American firm, in a huge capability jump for the armed forces amidst the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh. The two unarmed Sea Guardians, variants of the iconic armed Predator drones, have already kicked off long-range ISR missions over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from naval air station INS Rajali at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, said defence ministry sources.

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