C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd while speaking to CNBC-TV18 said that HAL and Israel Aerospace Industries are in talks for the development of a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone that will be an amalgamation of technology from both countries.

At Defence Expo 2022, HAL showcased at its stall a HALE Uav that incorporated a double boom, twin-tail design (two longitudinal booms) that had a remarkable design resemblance to the IAI’s Heron TP Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

HAL plans to develop the HALE class UAV once the talks are concluded and will incorporate some of the systems that were developed for the Tapas MALE UAV. Indian Army already operates Heron TP and HAL-IAI HALE UAV might be a more indigenized version of the Heron TP on offer for the Indian Armed Forces.

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