India Gets First Private UAV Production Facility With Israeli Support

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New Delhi: The 20-acre facility will start operations with the manufacturing of complete carbon composite aerostructures for the Hermes 900 UAV, followed by the Hermes 450 UAV, catering to the global markets.

New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Adani Defence and Aerospace and the Israel-based Elbit Systems Ltd on Friday launched the Aldani Elbit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles complex in the southern city of Hyderabad. This is the first private UAV manufacturing facility in India and the first one outside Israel to manufacture the Hermes 900 medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.

“We are waiting for it (Indian Armed Forces) to give us the first opportunity, to be part of the selection process and we believe it will be very successful,” Elad Aharonson, executive vice-president and general manager, Elbit Systems Ltd, said.

An Indian delegate displays a model of Lakshya, remotely piloted high speed target drone system developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), at the 101st Indian Science Congress in Jammu.

It is worth here mentioning that the Indian Armed Forces had issued a tri-service requirement for the acquisition of up to 150 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAVs in 2016 but the procurement process got delayed for unknown reasons despite the forces citing urgency of owning that kind of drones to keep an eye on Chinese movements along the northern border. The requirement submitted by the Indian Armed Forces specified UAVs having a service ceiling of 30,000 feet or more, and a maximum range in excess of 250km in the line of sight mode.