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India plans to purchase a record number of mini and micro unmanned air systems (UAS) for its airforce and the army’s northern command. The two first competitions are aimed at selecting 100 micro UAS systems for the Indian airforce and for the selection of 20 mini UAS systems for the armys northern command.
But this is only the beginning. Israeli sources say that in the coming 3 years the Indian defence establishment , will issues 5 additional tenders for the purchase of a total of 600 mini UAS systems aimed to be operated by the Indian infantry , artillery, airforce and federal police units.
These contracts are valued at 1.25 billion U.S $ and production will have to be only in India
At least two Israeli companies will participate in the planned competitions .Elbit systems will compete with its SkyLark series UAS , while BlueBird will offer its SpyLite .
Mini and Micro UAS equipped with small light advanced payloads can be a great toll for anti terror units mainly in densely populate areas