The one man who seems to be Prime Minister Modi’s most steady and unfailing top executive is National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
For months, Doval has been working round the clock to convince the US to deliver the Guardian hi-tech Spy Drones to Indian Navy. Besides forging Indo-US ties on anti-terror front, Doval is all set to procure Guardian Drones for India, the first for a non-NATO country.
Sources said that White House will formally announce the recently-approved $2 bn ‘Guardian’ drone deal for the Indian Navy, at the end of a meeting between Modi and Trump.
The deal’s clearance, apart from bolstering defence ties with India, gives a boost to India plans of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems that makes the predator drones. General Atomics is in talks with local companies in India to build next-generation weapons.
Sources in the PMO revealed to India Samvad that Doval met top US officials including Defence Secretary James Mattis when he visited Washington, March this year.
PM Modi wanted Doval to ensure that before the important meeting with President Trump, a senior official should be in constant touch with Mattis. Not surprising, Doval was the first Indian official to meet Mattis and discuss the core defence issues with him.