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India’s pursuit of UAVs fuels domestic innovation and industrial growth

27th June 2024 - 16:20 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in New Delhi


Quantum-Systems first displayed the Vector (pictured above) and Scorpion UAVs at the 2019 Paris Air Show. (Photo: Quantum-Systems)

In response to escalating border tensions and the need for enhanced surveillance capabilities, the Indian Army is ramping up its drone acquisitions, reflecting the growing importance of unmanned systems in modern defence strategies.

The challenges of balancing resources, tensions along the India-China eastern border and drone intrusions along the western border between India and Pakistan have prompted the Indian Army to order nearly 2,000 drones with more orders expected to come.

Required for intelligence, surveillance, assessment, reconnaissance, logistics and mapping, the drones will range in terms of model from tethered, loitering munitions and nano, to small 2-in-1 fixed wing with multi-rotor variants, MALES and HALEs.

June 2024 has seen many drone contracts and deliveries take place throughout the country. Motivated by the Make in India mantra, Bengaluru-based Axis Cades announced on June 10

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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