Study estimates count of UAVs required for the three Services

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Source: The post is based on the article Study estimates count of UAVs required for the three Services published in The Hindu” on 16th October 2023

What is the News?

Chief of Defence Staff, has initiated two studies on major military platforms used by the three Services in India.

The studies focus on unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs) and armoured helicopters.

The goal of these studies is to optimize the number of platforms needed, allocate resources effectively and avoid duplication in military acquisitions.

What are the key findings of the studies?

Study on UAVs: There is a requirement of 31 MQ-9B high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAVs and 155 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs.

The procurement of the MQ-9B deal is in progress.But the allocation of the 155 MALE UAVs among the three Services is yet to be determined.

Impact on Existing Fleet: The three Services currently operate Israeli Heron MALE UAVs.The study outcome may lead to a major upgrade in UAVs.

Helicopters: Indian Army and the Air Force are inducting the initial batch of 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH).

– The Cabinet Committee on Security has also approved the procurement of 39 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the U.S.

What is AH-64 Apache?

AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.

Country of Origin: U.S

Manufacturer: Boeing

Features: It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture to incorporate the latest communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.

– It also has greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.

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