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Heron UAVs to carry missiles. Cabinet Committee on Security clearance awaited

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Heron UAVs to carry missiles. Cabinet Committee on Security clearance awaited
An imagination of Israeli Heron-TP UAV armed with Indian SANT (Stand Off Anti Tank) missile for Anti Tank role 



An ambitious project to put missiles on the Heron unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs is now before the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Herons can be in the air for about 40- 50 hours and have a range of 500 km and their “weaponisation” will ensure the Indian armed forces have additional capability even before the Predators arrive. The “weaponisation” will mean placing between two to four air-to-ground missiles on the 48 Herons. These can be anti-tank or for other suitable targets. Despite having weapons on them, the range of the Herons will be almost the same.

Along with the weaponisation, there will be improved satellite communication ability on 32 of them.Engine upgrades of these Israeli drones are also on the cards. The Heron UAVs with the Indian Army and Indian Air Force have been used for years for intelligence work– they carry cameras and powerful sensors. Placing air-to-ground missiles on them will enable additional strike ability, particularly against targets even 200 km inside enemy territory. The process has been delayed because of differences of opinion between the services and the proposal is finally in place.

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