Indian Army has leased 4 Heron TP medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel for 3 years. The leases were done under the emergency procurement programme of the Indian army.
- The drones made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be delivered between August & September 2021.
- The estimated cost of Leasings is USD 200 Million; the leasing agreement can be further extended up to 2 years.
- The UAVs will be deployed along with the 3, 448 Km long India-China border.
- It is designed to perform reconnaissance & surveillance operations.
- It can fly at a maximum speed of 207 Km/hr.
- The altitude & range of the Heron UAV are 30, 000 ft & 350 Km.
- The maximum endurance of the aircraft is 45 hours.
2nd Contract under DAP 2020
- It is the 2nd significant contract under the provision of Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020).
- In November 2020, India had inducted two American high-altitude long endurance drones into the Indian Navy. The Sea Guardian UAVs are unarmed versions of the Predator series.
Under ‘Emergency Powers’, the Indian Armed Forces (all 3 services) can buy any weapon system under INR 500 Crore per procurement project for ‘urgent’ requirements.These emergency powers, given by the government in the wake of the situation in Ladakh.
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i.On November 25, 2020, the Indian Navy inducted two ‘MQ-9B Sea Guardian’ unarmed drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAV) procured from the United States (U.S.) on lease.
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