Amidst the on-going border tension with China, the Indian army is weighing on buying the advanced version of SWITCH unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tactical drones.
The army has signed a deal with an Indian firm, IdeaForge, for an undisclosed number of SWITCH UAV at the cost of $20 million or Rs 140 crore. These specialised drones are designed to operate in high altitude like Ladakh.
The device will be used by infantry troops and Special forces deployed in high altitude.
The company has asserted that the system will help in surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance that is slated to be delivered after nearly a year.
The statement issued by the company read: “ideaForge has been awarded this contract after it emerged as the only vendor that qualified the operational requirements in an evaluation done in real-world conditions, for a fast-track procurement.”
The company had won the contract after competing with Israel’s top UAV manufacturer Elbit besides Tata Group, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, Asteria Aerospace and VTOL Aviation.
The drones are expected to be in hundreds.
This comes after the Cabinet Committee of Security had procured 83 Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft) fighter jets and 10 trainer aircraft.
India has been engaged in a border stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh since April-May 2020.