I am inspired by Vedas: General Atomics CEO Dr Vivek Lall tells Rohan Dua

How Dr. Vivek Lall’s expertise bolsters India’s defence capabilities with historic MQ-9B drone deal 

| Updated: 24 July, 2023 11:12 am IST

Dr. Vivek Lall, an esteemed aerospace scientist and Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation, has played a crucial role in strengthening India-US defence ties. His impressive resume includes leadership positions at NASA, Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and now General Atomics Global Corporation.

Under his guidance, negotiations led to a historic White House authorisation for India to acquire 31 MQ-9B drones, worth ₹25,000 crore. This acquisition includes 15 SeaGuardians for the Navy and 16 SkyGuardians for the Army and Air Force, boosting India’s defence capabilities.

Dr. Lall’s passion for scientific exploration is fueled by his knowledge of the Vedas, while his love for Indian cinema, like Sholay, coexists with his fascination for Tom Cruise films.

With his extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Lall continues to make significant contributions to the defence industry, strengthening bilateral relations between India and the US. These highly capable drones are designed to carry missiles and bombs, significantly enhancing India’s defence and surveillance capabilities.

The procurement of these armed UAVs, including SeaGuardians for the Navy and SkyGuardians for the Army and Air Force, will bolster India’s armed forces’ intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

Driven by his leadership roles at renowned aerospace companies, Dr. Lall has been at the forefront of major defence deals and continues to play a pivotal role in strengthening defence ties between India and the US.

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