DAC on talks to acquire ‘Raven’ and ‘Spike Firefly’ for the Indian Army

Talks on sharpening the infantry of the Indian Army continues as the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is likely to acquire the remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle- Raven from the United States and Israel’s Spike Firefly.

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As per media reports, procurement of 200 pieces of AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven and talks for purchase of Israeli flying ammunition- Spike Firefly is in advance level.

Aero Vironment RQ-11 Raven

The RQ-11 Raven is a remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle that is launched with hand. It is manufactured by AeroVironment (U.S. California based Defence Contractor).

RQ-11 Raven can fly up to an altitude of 500 feet from the ground level with a speed of between 45-97 Kilometers per hour. RQ-11 Raven can fly up to 10 Kilometres.

Spike Firefly

The Spike Firefly is developed under a joint venture of Israeli company- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel’s Ministry of Defence. The Spike Firefly has loitering capability and can be carried by a soldier as a part of his kit.

The Spike Firefly can be operated from a table by a single user without requiring any special skills to operate.  It was the capability to identify and track the target and also to a unique abort/wave-off capability in which the operator can call the Spike Firefly back to the command safely. The weight of the Spike Firefly is 3 Kg.

It is one of the newest technology developed by Israel, it has been ordered for the first time by Israel’s Ministry of Defence for their Defence Forces in the month of May 2020.

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