India is planning to buy two intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft from Raytheon, a Defence Ministry source has revealed.
Defense News reported that India has made this offer to US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who was on a three-day visit in the country.
However, the Defence Ministry’s official release did not mention this offer, the source said that the proposal has been kept low-key.
Raytheon has already briefed the Indian Air Force about the ISTAR aircraft, which is expected to increase the ground-detection capabilities of the force.
The Raytheon ISTAR aircraft is capable of operating in all weather. It features an active electronically scanned array radar, which will be able to scan more than 30,000km in a minute. It has a capacity to analyse the data within ten to 15 minutes to identify targets.
The source added that India has also requested to jointly develop the GE-414 jet engine for use by India’s homemade Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
Meanwhile, Carter’s visit also witnessed both the countries signing a strategically important ten-year defence framework pact that is aimed to collaborate on the development and manufacture of defence equipment and technology, The Economic Times reported.
An official statement by the defence ministry stated that this agreement will pave way for high-level strategic discussions, continued exchanges between armed forces of both countries, and strengthening of defence capabilities.