Government officials in Delhi are hoping to complete the main process in the next few months so that only administrative tasks remain by the time US President Barack Obama leaves office.
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Though India has also requested the armed version of the Predator, US export control laws prohibit such a transfer.
The US authorities believe that such a deal would bring the relations between the two countries to “a new level of comfort.”
Given the good relations between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, New Delhi is also on the cusp of sealing a US nuclear reactor deal worth billions of dollars.
In August the Modi government signed a logistics agreement giving each country access to the other’s military bases, after 10 years of negotiations. Also on the table are two other defence agreements, one on securing communications and the other on sharing spatial data that Washington has been pushing for.