India Invests In American Drone Technology
Indian armed forces are aggressively working towards modernization. One proof of this is a recent purchase of 30 armed drones manufactured by an American company that the Indian armed forces would like to use.
Sources have confirmed that India is now working to enhance its unmanned warfare tactics. The $3 billion purchase with General Atomics is going to make this a reality. Once the deal comes through, the army, navy and air force can all look at getting 10 each of the state of art drones.
Drone technology is fast becoming a preferred mode of combat strategy to attack enemy targets, without the loss of lives. Unmanned sophisticated drones are a preferred mode that has been used by Iran, US and Russia on many occasions. While the frequency of using them has been more by Russia, Israel and Iran, US has only made use of them as combat strategy.
Drone technology has also been used extensively for surveillance purpose and intelligence gathering. India has invested in HALE drones or Hight Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aerial vehicles that would give the Indian armed forces to carry out operations in higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim in wake of the growing threats from China and Pakistan.
The drones are expected to be integrated on Tejas and Jaguar fighter jets. The first prototypes are expected to fly in the next three to four years. Capable of evading radar detection, its stealth capacities will make it even more potent.
While India is investing in the best from abroad, it is also looking at creating its own indigenous version. Private Indian companies and public sector units like the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already unveiled a blueprint of their plans recently to bring in such platforms during the ongoing Aero India show in Bengaluru.
Under the leadership of Modi, it was India who decided to go on the offensive in Uri after a merciless strike was made by Pakistan on its own. The HAL is just another addition to the feather in the Indian cap.
The HALE technology mirrors the US project Skyborg and is apt to be teamed up with manned jets. The fighter jets guiding the unmanned drones can remain 150km behind and control and give directions to four unmanned vehicles called the CATS Warriors.