New Delhi: In a herculean effort taken under the Narendra Modi led NDA regime to made Indian military a formidable force, India is likely to acquire deadly US ‘Predator-C Avenger’ drone.
According to an article dated on the 10th of November on www.DefenceNews.in, India has officially expressed interest in acquiring the state-of-the-art General Atomics ‘Predator-C Avenger’ drones to beef up its offensive striking capabilities.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be visiting the United States later this year and is most likely to push for the sale of the Predator-C Avenger to India via a direct Govt-to-Govt sale. The acquisition of the Predator-C Avenger drone will be inspite of India having already placed another order for the Israeli Armed Heron-TP drones.
The Predator-C Avenger drone is powered by a turbofan jet engine and its design includes stealth features such as internal weapons storage and an S-shaped exhaust for a reduced infrared and radar signature. The strength of Pakistani radar coverage within its airspace was tested when America sent two choppers with highly trained marines, successfully completed their mission just 34 miles off Islamabad and got out of Pakistani Air Space undetected. It was only when America declared the death of Osama Bin Laden did Pakistan realise that they had entered Pakistani Air Space and got out with the world’s most dreaded terrorist.
The Predator-C Avenger drone marks a major shift from standard propeller driven drones which are used across the world to jet-powered engines allowing the Avenger to fly at speeds of 500 mph, at an altitude of 50,000 feet and 1,800 miles (2,900 km) from its operating base and stay airborne for 18 hours.
This Avenger can carry a larger payload of up to 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg) of weapons internally and on its wing hard points making it an excellent platform for deep strike missions.
A jet powered armed drone will provide the Indian Military with fast attack capability to launch and strike strategic targets in Pakistan and provide the advantage of shock-and-awe to the enemy breaking their morale thus further validating India’s Cold Start.
Source: Defence News