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Indian Army to acquire US UAV and Israeli loitering bombs

Indian Army to acquire US UAV and Israeli loitering bombs

The Indian Army is planning to acquire the state-of-the-art Israeli Spike Firefly “loitering” ammunition and the remotely controlled, hand-launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Raven from the United States (US).

Key Points:

  • The Spike Firefly ammunition will add to the lethality of the ground infantry in addition to the long-range precision artillery shells that have a range of more than 40 kilometres.
  • The firefly ammunition is capable of delivering a precision strike on the troops of the enemy that are hiding under a range of 1 km.
  • The Israeli Spike Firefly can wait, move around and locate the target and can also be called back in case the target goes beyond the range.
  • The ammunition has been developed by the Israel’s Ministry of Defence and the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
  • The Army will also acquire 200 pieces of RQ-11 UAV of the USA, that is capable of flying at an altitude of 500 feet, for a distance of 10 kilometers and at a speed of 95 kilometre/hour.
  • The US UAV, will aid the Indian Army to carry out reconnaissance of the battle field and placement of enemy troops.

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