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The US government wants to let India buy 22 surveillance drones

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The US government approved the sale of 22 unarmed surveillance drones to India.

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India is working to close the deal during Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US. It would still have to be approved by Congress.

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The deal is estimated to be worth $2 billion and gives an indication that American-Indian defense cooperation is still strong.

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India is reportedly planning to use the unarmed surveillance drones to patrol the Indian Ocean.

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But the US was worried about selling them, because giving drones to India could irritate China or Pakistan.

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India originally wanted armed Predator drones and could try to get those after closing this deal.

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