New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The much accomplished Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) ‘Raven’ and Israeli Spike Firefly “loitering” ammunition may soon become the part of Indian Army’s on-ground logistics, in the wake of rising needs of troops deployed on the ground in the wake of currently disengaging standoff with China. Along with the two, long-range precision artillery shells with a range of 40 kilometres too will be added to Indian Army’s inventory, Hindustan Times reported.

The report says that the Indian Army is set to acquire 200 pieces of RQ-11 UAV, also known as Raven, which refers to a flying creature that could oversee things beyond normal visual range. RQ-11 can reportedly fly up to 10 kilometres at an altitude of 500 feet with speed closing 100 km per hour.

The Israeli Spike Firefly “loitering” ammunition, on the other hand, can execute precision strikes at pre-designated targets within the range of one kilometre. The “loitering” can chase the target, even if it moves from its original location after the ammunition is launched.

The development takes place as the Indian Air Force is set to receive five Rafale fighter aircraft from France later this month. The dual-engine agile fighter aircraft will be based out of Ambala air force station.

Indian Navy, on the other hand, in a major boost to its oceanic superiority in the Indian Ocean, will commission INS Arighat, country’s second inter-ballistic nuclear submarine later this year.

Earlier, Indian Army, as part of its emergency purchases in the wake of border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh had bought Spike Mark III anti-tank guided missiles from Israel. With “loitering” ammunition, and Raven UAVs from the US in its inventory, Army’s offensive surveillance capabilities on the border will just get better than it was anytime earlier.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma