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Hermes-900 Starliner drones

Published: 13th May, 2024

Context

The Indian Army is set to enhance its surveillance capabilities with the acquisition of the Hermes-900 Starliner drones, also known as Drishti-10, from Adani Defence Systems.

About Hermes-900 Starliner Drones:

  • The drones are state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with high-performance sensors.
  • They have proven instrumental in detecting ground or maritime targets across a wide spectral range and can execute ground target attacks.

Fact Box: Additional Procurements:

The army will also acquire a Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) and a UAV-launched Precision Guided Munition (ULPGM) to bolster its capabilities further.

About VSHORADS (Very Short Range Air Defence System)

  • VSHORADS is a fourth-generation, man-portable air-defense system designed to counter low-altitude aerial threats like unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and fighter aircraft.
  • Developed domestically, VSHORADS represents a significant advancement in India's ability to neutralize short-range airborne threats effectively.

About ULPGM (UAV Launched Precision Guided Munition):

  • ULPGM is a sophisticated missile system designed for deployment on drones.
  • It is the first installment in a series of precision-guided munition missiles specifically engineered for unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • ULPGM is set to become the standard PGM for India's TAPAS BH and Archer NG UAVs, positioning India as a leader in drone-enabled precision strike capabilities.
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