The purchase order of Heron UAVs isn’t their first, but this expedited procurement came from the highest levels of the Indian government.
The Indian government has approved plans to purchase 10 missile-armed drones from Israel, according to India’s Economic Times. The news outlet described the acquisition as “a crucial acquisition that will enhance India’s cross-border military strike capability.”
The $400 million deal to buy Heron TP drones was expedited through the procurement process under orders from the highest levels of government.
The Indian Air Force already operates a fleet of Heron, Harpy and Searcher unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which are used for taking out enemy radar positions as well as surveillance and intelligence gathering.
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The Heron drone, which was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, is capable for flying for 52 hours of continuous flight at medium altitude levels.
The drone is used in operations by the United States, Israel, Germany and South Korea, among others.
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