The Indian Air Force may acquire about 15 HAROP Attack Drone from Israel which is developed to crash into strategic enemy targets and eradicate them.
The Indian Air Force already has an inventory of these HAROP drones which are equipped with electro-optical sensors to loiter over high-value military targets such as surveillance bases and radar stations before exploding them.
“A proposal to acquire HAROP drones is expected to be discussed by the Defence Ministry at a high-level meeting in the coming week to strengthen the fleet of such drones in the Air Force,” Defence sources told ANI.
Once approved, the Indian Air Force would be exercising the option clause in the previous deal signed a few years ago with Israel which is the main supplier of all types of drones to the Indian Air Force including the surveillance machines including the Searcher and the Heron.
India is also discussing the Project Cheetah with the Israelis under which almost all the drones of the three services would be turned into high-quality attack drones and their surveillance capabilities would also be enhanced.
The three forces have a fleet of more than 100 of these unmanned aerial vehicles which have been acquired over the years in different batches. The forces are also working on developing indigenous combat drones which would be deployed on both the China and Pakistan border once the project is complete.
The US has been using the combat drones to carry out targeted assassinations of terrorist leaders in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan but the relatively slow unmanned vehicles are not known to be very effective in warfare where the opposition also has a strong air force.
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