Indian Army to buy 100 “SkyStrikers” unmanned drones

NEW DELHI: Indian Army has decided to buy 100 SkyStriker unmanned drones from Bengaluru based defense company named Alpha Design. The contract was signed on 1 September which is worth 100 crores. Alpha Design is involved in joint venture with an Israeli firm Elbit Security Sysy Systems(ELSEC). Skystrikers are capable of mass destruction and carry ammunition atop them and can strike targets from far off distances.

SkyStriker is an unmanned aircraft system that can easily acquire and can strike operator-designated targets with a 5kg warhead installed inside the fuselage. This enables the drone to have high-precision performance. SkyStriker is capable of reaching a distance of 20km within 10 minutes and uses autonomous navigation during its cruising and loitering phases.

The SkyStriker drones will be capable of performing air attacks similar to Balakot air strike and the technology inside the SkyStriker improves the performance, situational awareness and survivability by providing direct-fire aerial precision capabilities to Indian Army troops and special forces. It will act as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) to the special force while conducting any military operations.

Elbit Systems described SkyStriker “as a silent, invisible and surprise attacker, that delivers the utmost in precision and reliability, providing a critical advantage in the modern battlefield”.

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