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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Adani Defence, having recently secured orders for the Drishti-10 drones (Hermes 900) Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), is set to broaden its UAV portfolio with a strategic move to introduce the Elbit-developed Hermes 450. This smaller multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle, designed for tactical long-endurance missions, showcases Adani Defence’s commitment to diversifying its offerings and catering to the evolving needs of the Indian Military.

The Hermes 450 is renowned for its tactical versatility, making it an ideal choice for reconnaissance, surveillance, and communications relay missions. Adani Defence’s UAV manufacturing facility in India, the Adani Elbit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Complex (UAV), is well-equipped to produce these advanced UAVs.

The Hermes 450 offers a range of payload options, allowing for customization based on mission requirements. These include electro-optical/infrared sensors, communications and electronic intelligence capabilities, synthetic-aperture radar/ground-moving target indication, electronic warfare systems, and hyperspectral sensors.

Adani Defence is currently engaged in discussions with the Indian Military regarding the potential acquisition of the Hermes 450. This move comes in the wake of the Defense Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO) Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) facing challenges in impressing the Indian Military with its short-range tactical UAVs under the Rustom-I program.

In response to the perceived limitations of the ADE’s offerings, the Indian Army and Air Force have already integrated over 100 Heron and Searcher MkI and MKII Reconnaissance UAVs into their operations. Adani Defence’s introduction of the Hermes 450 provides an alternative that combines tactical effectiveness with the benefits of localized manufacturing.

While ADE is currently working on the development of Archer, a weaponized variant of the Rustom-I frame, the success of this program remains uncertain. Adani Defence, with its diversified UAV portfolio, is well-positioned to offer alternatives that align with the evolving requirements of the Indian Military.

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