- The new drones don't have strike capabilities yet, but sources say that they could be upgraded to meet those standards.
- The IAF is in charge of the project that will give Israeli drones in the Navy and Army the ability to attack and better pods for surveillance and reconnaissance.
Along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh and Sikkim sector in the eastern part of the country, the Indian security forces have put up new drones. The drones have been sent out to keep a close eye on China’s increased military activity near the border.
“In each area, new drone squadrons have been set up with advanced unmanned aerial vehicles that can carry out surveillance missions for up to two days. One squadron is stationed near the Eastern Ladakh sector, and the other is on the border between Assam and West Bengal to watch the Sikkim sector.
They said that the drones bought for these two squadrons are much more advanced than what the defence forces already have and can keep an eye on a larger area. Sources say that the Indian military has bought these drones with satellite communication links and sensors that are much better than what they already have.
The Indian forces have been keeping a close eye on the Chinese military activities all along the LAC, from eastern Ladakh to the area of Arunachal Pradesh. After the Chinese attacked Eastern Ladakh on their own in 2020, starting in the Galwan area, they have made a lot of improvements to their abilities. The new drones don’t have strike capabilities yet, but sources say that they could be upgraded to meet those standards.
India is also working on the ambitious Project Cheetah. Under this project, the security forces want to upgrade their current fleet of Israeli-made Heron with better communication tools and missiles that can hit enemy positions from far away.
Planned, the project was to be finished by Indian firms with help from Israeli companies that make weapons. The IAF is in charge of the project that will give Israeli drones in the Navy and Army the ability to attack and better pods for surveillance and reconnaissance.