India plans to acquire almost 5000 UAV’s

Recently India finalized order for more than 5,000 UAVs over the next 10 years for about US $3 billion. All contracts will be restricted to domestic companies but they will gain possibility to cooperate with foreign companies in terms of acquiring necessary technology.

The Indian Army, Air Force and Navy propose to buy tactical UAV’s, high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV’s, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV’s, and medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV’s. Also important is that currently all branches of the Indian military are also developing they homegrown UAV programs.

Recent plans for deploy such a great drone fleet have their source most probably within geopolitical and military rivalry in Asia – in this case between India and China.  Worth mentioning is a fact, that PRC is also running large scale drone programs.

In the moment Indian armed forces are operating Israeli-made Searcher Mark I, Searcher Mark II, Heron and Herop UAV’s and the Indian-made Nishant UAV.

Author: Daniel Kasprzycki
Photo: Indian made Nishant UAV during flight, www.defence.pk
Source:  www.defensenews.com

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