Hostile Indian borders and the need of UCAVS
The recent experience with China along the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh sector has brought to the fore the need for unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) that will put an end to the perennial crib about the absence of adequate infrastructure in the high Himalayas.
Our road building projects are believed to be about three years behind schedule because of difficulties in rock-cutting and bridge-building. The policy of “benign neglect” has been replaced with “fast forward” but realities on the ground have made it necessary for India to examine other means of delivering precision guided munitions or area-saturation artillery that can cross the Himalayan hump and “show presence” at points where it is least expected.
Unmanned combat aerial vehicles appear to be the answer but India’s Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft (AURA) is still two years away from its planned first flight which is scheduled for 2015 and seven years away from induction into operations (2020).
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