Indian Army testing armed drone variants that won recent wars

Coming week will see trials of an 'aerial targeting system' called PALM 400 for the artillery directorate

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
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The PALM 400 claims to be an Indian product, since AVision Systems is a joint venture between Israeli firm UVision Air Ltd and Hyderabad-based Aditya Precitech Private Ltd

The 44-Day War in 2020 between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by the Russia-Ukraine War that has raged for over a year, have both established a battle-winning weapon of modern warfare — the armed remotely piloted vehicle (RPV), usually referred to as the armed drone.
Now, India’s military has begun equipping itself with variants of armed drones that could tilt battles in its favour on the mountainous Sino-Indian frontier or in the deserts of Rajasthan, where Indian armoured forces battle against Pakistani tanks.
Over the coming week, the army will conduct tests in Pokh­ran of an “aerial targeting system” for the artillery directorate. It is called the PALM 400 — acronym for “precision attack loitering munition” — and is designed to fly over armoured vehicle concentrations, or areas where they are expected. When the armoured vehicles arrive in this “kill zone”, each PALM 400 picks out

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First Published: Feb 28 2023 | 8:40 PM IST

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