The Indian army has set its eyes on acquiring hand-launched, remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle Raven from US
The army is set to acquire 200 pieces of RQ- I I UAV, which can fly up to 10 kilometres at an altitude of 500 feet and speed up to 95 kilometre (59 miles)/ hour, to help infantry troops conduct reconnaissance of the battle theatre ahead and placement of enemy troops.
AEROVIRONMENT RQ-11 RAVEN
Unit cost – $173,000 per system
American Raven is used by the United States of America Army,Air Force, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command. Additionally, foreign customers include Australia, Estonia, Italy, Denmark, Spain and Czech Republic. As of early 2012, over I 9,000 airframes have already been shipped, making it the most widely adopted UAV system in the world today.
FIREFLY LOITERING MUNITION
After the Indian army brought Spike Mark III anti-tank guided missiles from Israel as part of emergency purchases due to the Ladakh standoff with China, it is now buying firefly ammunition that can deliver a precision strike on enemy troops hiding within a range of 1 km.
The latest Firefly ammunition not only has loitering capability to locate a target but also can be called back if the target has moved beyond range.
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