Amid tensions with China, armed forces push case for arming Israeli drone fleet with laser-guided bombs, missiles
NEW DELHI: Amid border tensions with China, the armed forces are pushing a case for arming their Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with laser-guided bombs, precision-guided munitions and anti-tank missiles for taking out enemy positions and armoured re gients.
The proposal, named 'Project Cheetah', has been revived by the armed forces after being pending for a long time and is expected to cost the go nment over Rs 3,500 crore.
"Under this project, around 90 Heron drones of the three services would be upgraded to be armed with laser-guided bombs, air to ground and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles," go nment sources told ANI.
The case is going to be considered by a high-level defence ministry body including defence seceetary Ajay Kumar, who is now in charge of all capital procurements for the three services.
In the proposal, the armed forces have suggested that the drones should be equipped with stronger surveillance and reconnaissance payloads for keeping an eye on enemy locations and stations and take them out if required.
The Indian fleet of medium altitude long endurance drones, also known as UAVs, includes mainly Israeli equipment including the Herons.
They have been deployed by both the Army and Air Force in the forward locations of Ladakh sector along the China border. The drones also help in verifying the disengagement by Chinese as well as knowing their troop build up strength in depth areas.
The project to upgrade the drones for carrying out offensive operations against rivals would involve a number of Indian-developed solutions too.
The upgraded UAVs can be used against conventional military operations as well as in counterterrorism operations in future, if required, sources said.
With the upgrade in reconnaissance capabilities, the forces on the ground would also be able to get pin-point intelligence about hideouts in areas where men have to be involved in operations.
Please do not leak out such crucial information concerning our nation
THEY ARE PATROITS, THEY WILL LEAK OUT EVERYTHING
Good decision and Government should expedite this on high priority
No need to publish such news.
Yes we should maintain secrecy
Dr Vidyadhar Yellutla
Indias Defence budget in 2013 - 2 lakh crore rs, now in 2020, - 3.4 lakh crore rs, Antony did not approve the purchase of 1.5 lakh bullet proof jackets(50,000 rs each) in 2009, and Indias squadrons started depleting from required 42 to 32
Rahul Jagdhane Patil
ISRAEL IS TRUE FRIEND OF INDIA. MODIJI DOING GREAT WORK.
If Israel is really India's friend then why does it not sells it's products at cheap prices to India ?
Congress n Italian lady was busy looting India at that time.... someday pls release assets she has in Italy
why we have not produce Rustom yet ? its been more than 10 years since first prototype they made, all go nment run organizations is very slow in delivering, atleast it got better after Modi Gov't came in power
it's all publicity
no country ever publishes what they need
Aren't such things supposed to be kept a top secret,?
Why such sensitive & confidential info is published in newspapers? Indian govt & media both are going crazy & so berserk!
we are a major satellite launch nation! why dont we have surveillance satellites covering our borders 24/7 like the US?
To The Editor, TOI, Is this type of secret internal information involving our defence should be published. Please check & do the needful
I don't understand why such info is into public. Your too much enthusiasm ruin the country's security
They must get it immeditely & the qty. may be required to be dubbled. After emegecy purchase & readiness,China must be warned suitabally . If it does not follow , India should bombard the entire China border , where China has come forward from 2 km inside towards India. Let it be informed to UN , Unsc & all friendly nations.
Forces should be given top of the line automation and technology armaments. Can't depend only on conventional armaments.
These are confidential and strategic information and should not be made public in the media please. This will lose the cutting edge benefits if it is leaked.
drones are sitting ducks. once equipped, they will be shot down. they should have stealth features first.
yeah please share more information..let us prepare china..this is what indian journalists have been doing..
Mudassir Farooqh Abdulla
To counter Chinese aggression India has to aquire the latest weapons. All our military weapons are outdated.
with a rogue neighbourhood we have no option but armed to the teeth even if it involves huge outlay. We patriotic Indians won't hesitate to contribute to the go nment initiatives.