Indian Armed Force Needs Over 400 Drones To Be More Powerful

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New Delhi: Now a-days, reports suggested that China is continuously preparing itself to counter any threats from India. As per the recent reports, it strengthens its air defence by inducting the powerful fighter jets like J-10 and J-11 into service. The country has deployed a branch of the PLA along the Indian border with a powerful US-style soldier combat system, QTS-11 as well.

In the wake of such threats from this country, India has to strengthen its defence power with much effectiveness. As per the reports, the Indian armed forces want over 400 drones, including combat and submarine launched remotely piloted aircraft. It also requires directed energy weapons (DEWs) like high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves with the capability of destroying enemy targets and even satellites.

In this regard, the defence ministry’s new “Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap-2018” have identified such military capabilities. The 82-page document said, “This roadmap may guide the industry in planning or initiating technology development, partnerships and production arrangements. While pursuing any development or collaboration, the Indian industry should accord due importance to the government’s thrust towards ‘Make in India’.”

Meanwhile, the drone systems are the major force multipliers in the modern-day warfare for real-time surveillance as well as to hit the high value enemy targets. Currently, country’s armed forces have over 200 drones, many of them mostly imported from Israel for long range surveillance and precision-targeting. They have also some Israeli Harop “killer” or Kamikaze drones which act as cruise missiles by exploding into enemy targets and radars.

By acting on this, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) has already started works to develop the ‘Ghatak’ stealth UCAVs (combat drones) under a Rs. 2650 Crore project. However, the roadmap says the Army and Navy will need “more than 30” combat remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

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