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Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities: Indian Army’s New Drone Inductions

In a strategic move to bolster its surveillance capabilities along the Pakistan border, the Indian Army is set to induct advanced drones, including the Drishti-10 (Hermes-900). Scheduled for an induction ceremony in Hyderabad on May 18, these drones mark a significant addition to the Army’s existing fleet, aligning with the ‘Make in India’ initiative in Defence.

Deployment Strategy: Bathinda Base in Punjab

The deployment plan involves positioning these drones at the Bathinda base in Punjab. This strategic location enables comprehensive monitoring of the desert sector and areas north of Punjab, crucial for border surveillance efforts.

Indigenous Manufacturing and Technology Transfer

Adani Defence plays a pivotal role in this initiative, delivering drones to the Indian Army while adhering to the mandate of over 60% indigenization. Leveraging a deal with Israeli firm Elbit, Adani Defence ensures technology transfer, facilitating the indigenous development of these drones.

Expanding Arsenal: Satellite Communication-enabled Drones

In addition to the Drishti-10 and Hermes-900 drones, the Indian Army recently augmented its arsenal with more satellite communication-enabled drones from Israel, including the Heron Mark 2. This diversification further strengthens the Army’s reconnaissance capabilities, enhancing its operational readiness along the border.

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