The drones have been deployed to closely monitor heightened Chinese military activities along border areas. The Indian forces have acquired these drones with satellite communication links and their sensors are far more advanced than their existing inventory. The new drones have not been equipped with strike capabilities but they have the option of being upgraded to those standards.
The Indian security forces have deployed new drones along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern Ladakh and Sikkim sectors. The drones are being used to closely monitor increased Chinese military activity near the border.
“In the various locations, new drone squadrons with advanced unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying out surveillance missions lasting up to two days have been deployed.” “While one squadron is stationed near the Eastern Ladakh sector, the other is stationed near the Assam-West Bengal border to monitor the Sikkim area,” defence officials told India Today.
Drones Deployed By India
The drones bought for these two squadrons are significantly more advanced than the defence forces’ present capabilities and can monitor a greater region, they claim. According to reports, the Indian military have received these drones with satellite communication links and sensors that are significantly more modern than their current inventory.
The Indian troops have been keeping a careful eye on Chinese military activity across the LAC, from eastern Ladakh to the Arunachal Pradesh area, and have increased their capabilities significantly since the Chinese unilateral incursion in Eastern Ladakh beginning in the Galwan area in 2020. The new drones do not have striking capabilities, but they may be altered to meet such requirements, according to the sources.
Ladakh And Sikkim
India is also working on the ambitious Project Cheetah, in which the security services intend to modernise its existing fleet of Israeli-origin Heron with improved communication capabilities and long-range missiles capable of targeting enemy sites.
According to plans, the project would be completed with Israeli armament makers, with Indian corporations taking the lead. The IAF is the project’s primary leader, while Israeli drones in the Navy and Army are also being updated with strike capabilities and improved surveillance and reconnaissance pods.
The Rustom-II/Tapas BH-201 (Tactical Advanced Platform for Aerial Surveillance Beyond Horizon-201) drone is being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
India has developed a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, Rustom 2 or TAPAS-BH-201, similar to the American Predator drones. Rustom 2 may conduct continuous surveillance and carry weaponry as well as monitoring devices.
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