India will allocate 26.5 billion rupees (400 million dollars) on a program to develop its own shock unmanned aerial vehicles Ghatak, reports TASS with reference to Indian economic newspaper The Economic Times.
In the publication with reference to the defence Ministry of India noted that the draft provides for the development of combat UAVs, which will be able to fire at enemy targets missiles and guided artillery rounds, and then return to base to replenish ammunition and carry out further missions.
The project must be approved by the safety Committee under the government of India after he will be evaluated by the expert Commission of the Ministry of Finance.
«Ghatak is a logical continuation of the previous project to create a UAV Aura, which was sanctioned in 2009 and successfully completed in April 2013 within the schedule,» – said at a hearing in the Indian Parliament, Minister of state for defence RAO Singh.
Testing UAV Aura is scheduled for 2016. The Indian military plans to include it in the future structure of its air force, will include the India-Russian fifth generation fighter PAK FA.
On the creation of new military UAVs, according to experts, India will require about 10 years.
Recall that in September this year, the government of India has approved the purchase of ten Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles in the amount of $ 400 million. Then it was reported that India is interested in buying percussion UAV Heron TP that can carry one ton of goods, including missiles «air-land».
Currently the Indian air force have Israeli drones Heron and Searcher, which are used to collect information and observations.
India ranks second among importers of the UAV, second only to the UK. A world leader in UAV exports is considered Israel.