Following a recent approval by the Defence Acquisition Council, or DAC, led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Indian Army is now considering making “emergency purchases” of drones and anti-drone equipment that have proven successful in recent conflicts.

The armed forces are permitted to purchase commodities under the emergency purchase regulations in the “capital” and “revenue” categories for up to Rs 300 crore and Rs 500 crore, respectively.

This is an opportunity to examine unique modern weapons, such as drone systems. The government has mandated that all weapons purchased must be mostly or fully indigenous.

Also being considered are armed loitering drones. These include Israeli-made weapons like the Harop. The Harop has been in use by the Indian Air Force for ten years, although a more contemporary, “canisterized,” style of armed loitering drone is being considered.

Drones with a maximum operating altitude of 14,000–15,000 feet. In areas like Ladakh, where Indian forces and Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers are still face-to-face, “high altitude” drones can be extremely effective.

Drones with a range of up to 15 km as well as models with shorter ranges are also been considered.