30 Oct '16, 5am
IAF to use combat drones in future surgical strikes to prevent risking soldiers' lives
After using Special Forces troops to attack and destroy terrorist launch pads in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir, India is now planning to add combat drones to its fleet which can do the same job without risking soldiers’ lives. The Indian Air Force is working to upgrade and equip its fleet of Israeli-made Searcher and Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with missiles under a top secret and classified programme code-named ‘Project Cheetah’. For the ambitious plan, which is expected to cost almost more than Rs 10,000 crores, the Air Force is looking to join hands with the Israel defence major Israeli Aircraft Industry (IAI). “Under the project, we are planning to equip our Searchers and Herons with advance snooping capabilities and missiles which can target terrorists and their hideouts both within India and if required, across the borders,” a senior IAF source told Mail Today...