Indian Army Wants To Buy Drones As An Emergency Purchase
- The Indian Air Force has had the Harop for ten years, but a newer type of armed loitering drone that is "canisterized" is being considered.
Drones and anti-drone systems that have been useful in recent wars are on the list of “emergency purchases” that the Indian Army is looking at now that the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which is led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has given the go-ahead.
The emergency purchase rules say that the armed forces can spend up to Rs 300 crore on “capital” purchases and Rs 500 crore on “revenue” purchases.
During this time, special modern weapons, such as drone systems, are being looked at. The government has said that most or all of the weapons that are bought should be made in the country.
People are buying different kinds of drones. Among them are:
*Drones that can work at high altitudes, between 14 and 15 thousand feet. The “high altitude” drones can be very useful in places like Ladakh, where the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Indian soldiers are still right next to each other.
*Both long-range and short-range drones that can fly for about 15 km.
Armed drones that stay in one place are also being looked at. These things include weapons like the Israeli-made Harop. The Indian Air Force has had the Harop for ten years, but a newer type of armed loitering drone that is “canisterized” is being considered.
Jammers are being looked at as well. This would be done to stop enemy drones and electronic weapons.
*Drones have cameras, but you should also look at the pictures they take. Downlink equipment that makes it easy to get photos quickly from planes and drones is being looked for. This will help you quickly figure out where the enemy is. Also, even if the drone doesn’t come back, it will have sent the photos it took.
Bullet-proof jackets and helmets are being bought for the young officers and men on the ground who are fighting terrorism on the line of control. These are bulletproof jackets of high quality that are being made in India right now.