Indian Army was given an indigenously made drone system to take out surveillance activities across the LAC along with new infantry combat vehicles.
The Indian Army received the shipment of a drone system that has been developed using fully indigenous technology. This system has been handed over to the armed forces to carry out uninterrupted surveillance activities and keep an eye on enemy troops in places along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Besides the drones, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also handed over infantry combat vehicles, which were also manufactured in India, to the Indian troops in the forward places.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Notably, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is currently operating on another AI-driven multi-role, advanced, and long-endurance drone system which would be operated for surveillance in high-altitude places along the Indo-China border.
An official familiar with the development revealed that the drones are being designed to carry a wide range of vital military systems including sensors, missiles, and various other weapons up to 40 kg. “This project is also aimed at addressing the need of our armed forces as well as global supplies”, the official told.
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The source also informed that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is aiming for a test flight of their drones by mid-2023 and will produce as many as 60 such Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Notably, HAL also has plans for the Israeli Heron TP drones production which could be used in medium-altitude regions (up to 35,000 feet) and will be designed to work for 45 hours. The Heron drones would be provided with automatic taxi-takeoff and landing (ATOL) and satellite communication (SATCOM) systems for an extended range.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s collaboration is also with the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for 2 separate drone projects to ramp up surveillance across the borders and over parts of the Indian Ocean.
The US and Indian Army
India will soon flex its military might before China when it participates with the US in a two-week-long joint exercise less than a hundred kilometers from the LAC. As part of the 18th edition of exercise “Yudh Abhyas”, the military drills will be conducted at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Uttarakhand’s Auli from October 14 to 31.
Meant to boost understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between the US and Indian Army, the previous Yudh Abhyas was organized in the US state of Alaska last October.
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