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New Israeli Heron drones delivered to the army for use in the Ladakh zone

These drones are presently operational and are significantly more advanced than the Herons currently in service

New Israeli Heron drones delivered to the army for use in the Ladakh zone
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The purchase of these drones was made possible by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's emergency finance powers, which allow the defence services to purchase equipment and systems costing up to 500 crores to improve their warfighting capabilities. (ANI)

The Indian Army's surveillance capabilities have received a huge boost after a few months of delays owing to COVID-19, as Israel has sent advanced Heron drones under the emergency purchase provision to keep an eye on Chinese actions in the Ladakh sector.

"The advanced Heron drones have arrived in the country and are being deployed for surveillance operations in the eastern Ladakh sector," top government sources told ANI.

The Indian Army's surveillance capabilities have received a huge boost after a few months of delays owing to COVID-19, as Israel has sent advanced Heron drones under the emergency purchase provision to keep an eye on Chinese actions in the Ladakh sector.

These drones are now operational and are significantly more advanced than the Herons in the current inventory, according to the sources, and their anti-jamming capability is far superior than prior generations.

They added that the purchase of these drones was made possible by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's emergency financial powers, which allow the defence forces to buy equipment and systems worth Rs 500 crore to upgrade their warfighting capabilities amid the ongoing border conflict with China.

The other small or mini drones, according to sources, are being purchased from Indian companies.

The Indian military has been taking these steps to obtain weapon systems that will aid them in their ongoing confrontation with China. The last time the defence forces received such a facility was in 2019, shortly after the Balakot airstrikes on terrorist bases in Pakistan.

The Indian Navy has leased two Predator drones from the American corporation General Atomics using the same location.

The Indian Air Force used the same authority to buy a huge quantity of anti-tank guided missiles, long-range precision-directed artillery shells, and Hammer air-to-ground standoff missiles with a strike range of roughly 70 kilometres.

The capital acquisition route's emergency procurement rights expired on August 31 this year.

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