India is set to buy up to $500 million in Google’s drone business, officials said on Thursday, as it expands its efforts to bring its unmanned aerial vehicles to the skies.
India is expected to spend $1.6 billion in drone sales this year, a large increase from the $750 million in 2016.
Google has been investing in drones and its efforts in India have been growing rapidly.
The company said that it is planning to buy more than 500 of the drones for about $500 each, and that the total investment would be more than $1 billion.
Google, whose drones have been used to help police in Brazil and the Philippines, plans to launch an unmanned drone in India by 2020.
India’s government is expected, however, to block any purchase by foreign companies.
Google is expected by the government to sell the drones directly to India’s police force.
The Indian government has said it wants to buy drones for its air force and for its border security forces.
Google had been working with the Indian government on a drone deal, and the government in July agreed to give the company an exclusive right to use its drones for 30 years.