Govt clears proposal for buying 15 Heron UAV from Israel

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Govt clears proposal for buying 15 UAVs from Israel




Boosting surveillance capabilities of the army along the borders with China and Pakistan, the government has cleared the procurement of around 15 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel at a cost of around Rs 1,200 crore.

A proposal to procure these Heron UAVs was approved by the Cabinet committee on security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at its recent meeting, sources told PTI here.

The around Rs 1,200-proposal for procuring the UAVs will bolster the Israeli-origin Heron and Searcher fleet of the force which deploys them on both the eastern and western sectors, they said.

The force has a fleet of more than 40 such vehicles, which are expected to undergo upgrades in the near future.

The IAF flies the Israeli-made Searcher II and Heron UAVs for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and about 100 Searchers are in operation on Indian borders in western, northern and eastern regions.

After the upgrades, the air force would be capable of operating these aircraft from far-off distances and control them through satellite communication system.

The Army also operates a sizable number of UAVs and has deployed them in borders along the western and eastern fronts.

The Army was the first to induct UAVs in the 90s starting with Searcher Mark I and Searcher Mark II which could operate at an altitude of 15,000 feet and finally the Heron, which can operate at 30,000 feet.

Army's Northern Command had recently issued a global tender for procuring latest miniature unmanned aerial vehicles for gathering intelligence and carrying out reconnaissance of areas along line of control (LoC) with Pakistan and China-India border.

The Navy has also three operational squadrons of the Israeli UAVs deployed along both the eastern and the western seaboards.

Govt clears proposal for buying 15 UAVs from Israel - The Times of India
 
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I have Read news and other articles, Israel Defence Forces has some best UAV , The endurance/durability of this Unmanned Air Crafts is Awesome... Israel also has vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV Capable of performing intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions

Here is one of the best UAV of Israel Defence Forces :

Picador UAV parked on the deck of a naval ship. - Image - Naval Technology
 
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@sob Our forces have any HALE apart from the fleet of MALE's ? Any plans ?
 
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REmember, there used to be something called the RUSTOM UAV??
 

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is heron armed ???

if not y dont we get armed UAV ??

is our satellite not enough to reconnaissances??
 

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You want every thing at one time , these things always come step by step .
india got first UAV in 1990 ties. today in 2013-14 if u still stick to just reconnaissance UAV so when will you take that step 2050??
 

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How and Where exactly are these Herons used?
 

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is heron armed ???

if not y dont we get armed UAV ??

is our satellite not enough to reconnaissances??

Hold your horses.

Countries through out the golbe are purchasing unarmed UAVs. See for example France, which it self has it's own UAV Neuron in the making, has purchased the American Reaper.

France 'to buy US drones' - France - France 24

Maybe there is something more than what meets our eye.
 

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yeah, so i asked in a sarcastic way....why arent Rustom's being purchased,instead of an imported over priced UAV? too much corruption everywhere
Rustom 2 will take some more time for the production line and time being its the need of hour to have these UAV . Republic day is coming .
 

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yeah, so i asked in a sarcastic way....why arent Rustom's being purchased,instead of an imported over priced UAV? too much corruption everywhere
Rustom 1 was the technology demonstrator for the tech to be used in Rustom 2, the actual product. Recent reports state that Rustom 1 TD might be made into a separate MALE UAV.
 

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Any plans to use Mig21s to be used as unmanned planes for suicide missions ?
 

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