India is expected to sign agreements to purchase Spike anti-tank missiles and Heron TP combat drones during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on Tuesday.
The Heron-TP armed drones form part of $400 million deal cleared by the Indian defense ministry in 2015. India became a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016 which paved the way for it to acquire Heron-TP drones.
The combat drone can detect, track and take down targets with air-to-ground missiles. The drones have a mission endurance of about 30 hours and can operate in all-weather conditions.
According to IAI, the Heron-TP drone is capable of carrying a payload of over a tonne at an altitude of 45,000 feet. At Aero India 2017, IAI had showcased the MTCR-compliant Heron-TP XP drone - an export-variant of the Heron TP with broadly similar specifications. But, IAI has modified it to limit the payload to 450 kg.
Payloads for Heron TP can include electro-optical, infra-red or laser range finders with "high power optics" that can conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
The Heron-TP drone is autonomous. It can be supervised by a single operator without any need for an external pilot.
Other than Heron-TP combat drones, India might likely purchase 8,000 Spike anti-tank missiles, worth about $500 million from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
India is exploring possibilities to manufacture Heron TP drone offered by Israel under “Make in India” with total transfer of technology. India is seeking to manufacture the drone through a joint venture with Israel Aerospace Industries
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