IAF’s Project Cheetah: The Israeli Heron drones would be equipped with strike capabilities as part of the Indian Air Force’s Project Cheetah under the Make in India programme. The Project Cheetah aims to improve the Indian Air Force’s fleet of Israeli-made Heron unmanned aerial vehicles with stronger communication capabilities and long-range missiles that can hit enemy sites.
IAF’s Project Cheetah: Key Points
- The project was supposed to be finished with Israeli armament makers, as planned.
- The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is the key driving force behind the project that will also see the Israeli Navy and Army’s drones upgraded with strike capabilities and enhanced surveillance and reconnaissance pods.
- The three services have relied for years on Searcher II and Heron UAVs from the Israeli Air Force for surveillance and reconnaissance.
IAF’s Project Cheetah: Benefits of the Project
- The forces on the ground would be able to gather precise intelligence regarding hiding places in regions where men must participate in operations with the improvement in surveillance capabilities.
- The modifications would also make it possible for the ground stations to fly these planes from afar and control them via a satellite communication network.
- The surveillance capabilities of the UAVs that are expected to be enhanced would be comparable to those that the Indian Army and IAF have already acquired.
- As a result, the emergency acquisition powers that the government provided to the forces in response to the continuing military standoff.
Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:
- Indian Air Force Chief: Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari
- Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh
- Chief of Indian Army Staff: General Manoj Pande