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Army will buy powerful drones to give tough competition to China on the border

In the last few years, the army has procured drones with a variety of features to enhance surveillance along the borders with China and Pakistan. These include kamikaze drones and artillery drones. In order to tighten surveillance along the border with China, the army has issued a tender to buy 363 new drones.

These drone The Request for Proposal (RFP) stated that 163 drones with accessories are needed for high altitude areas and 180 logistic drones for medium altitude areas. Each of these drones should not weigh more than 100 kg and should be able to withstand strong winds. Bids for these can be given till November 11. These drones will reduce the need for soldiers and porters to carry weapons and supplies. They will be able to make at least 1,000 landings and have a minimum range of 10 km.

These drones will be able to carry goods weighing at least 15 kg for high altitude areas and up to 20 kg in medium altitude areas. Of these, up to 60 percent of the components should be manufactured in the country. The firm supplying the drones will also have to provide training to operate and maintain them.

Recently, the army had decided to buy Electric Vehicles (EV) for its selected units. This will be a step in the direction of taking forward the policy of the Central Government to reduce carbon emissions. 25 percent light vehicles, 38 percent buses and 48 percent motorcycles in select units of the army. EV will be replaced by Officials had said that before finalizing the plan to induct EVs, aspects such as the need of the army related to the vehicles and their use in inaccessible places will be considered. Necessary infrastructure like charging points will be provided in the army units to help in the ecosystem related to electric vehicles. EV charging stations will have at least one fast charger and two to three slow chargers. In addition, electric circuit cables and transformers with adequate load capacity will be placed. Army will soon issue initial tender for 60 electric buses. The new indigenously manufactured armored vehicle Kalyani M4 has been inducted into the Army’s fleet.

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