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Indian Army to receive 4 advanced Heron TP drones

The Indian Army will be soon be receiving four advanced Heron TP drones from Israel on lease in the next few months. Basically, these long-endurance drones are being procured for the Indian Army for three years, with all the deliveries slated between August and December. They will be possibly deployed in the Eastern Ladakh and other sectors along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Previously, the contract for the lease was signed in January this year with the lease period being of three years along with an option of another two years. These IAI manufactured drones are more advanced than the Herons in the existing inventory with the Indian Army and their anti-jamming capability is much better than their previous versions.

Further, India has also initiated talks with Israel to upgrade the 90 previous generation Herons in service coupled with weaponizing them. Out of these 90, about 75 Herons are operated by the Indian Air Force.

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