The Indian Army now plans to buy high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to strengthen its intelligence, surveillance
The plan is for acquiring a massive 120 High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) UAVs. If this comes to fruition, the Indian Army will become technologically much superior which will help in reducing casualties and completing ops more effectively.
Such UAVs can fly at over 60,000 feet and remain airborne for over 30 hours. The existing unmanned systems are inferior technologically. They comprise of Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, and the smaller Searcher Mark II tactical drones, both built by Israel Aerospace Industries. Herons can fly at over 35,000 feet and feed airborne intelligence for over 45 hours compared to Searchers that operate at 15,000 feet for nearly 20 hours.