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Israeli air power and the Indian connection

Modi's visit to Israel is being seen as a step towards clinching new defence deals for the Indian armed forces.

Israel's Aerospace Industry

Israeli drones have attracted the attention of the world. The Israel Aerospace Industries is famous for its exceptional drone designs and radar systems.

The Israel Aerospace industry was founded in 1953 by Al Schwimmer and Shimon Peres. Israel's Aerospace industry deals in diverse designs like fighter aircraft's, missiles, avionics, space-based systems and drones.

IAI Eitan: Israeli drone in India

The IAI Eitan also known as Heron TP was brought by India two years ago. In fact, the Indian government purchased 10 Heron TP drones from Israel. However, the Heron TP drone is not specifically recognised as an "armed drone".

Main features of IAI Eitan:

Unmanned reconnaissance drone
Can function in all-weather conditions
Automatic takeoff and landing

IAI Harop: Israel's unmanned armed drone

The Modi government would be eyeing this sophisticated Israeli drone - IAI Harop. The IAI Harop is an armed drone and used for air defence.

Main features:

Unmanned aerospace vehicle
Attacks targets by self-destructing into them
Range: 1000 km
Can operate for 6 hours

EL/W-2090: Israel's gift to Indian Air Force

Israel's Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) radar system is one of the best in the world.

It is primarily a surveillance aircraft. The Indian Air Force currently has three Israeli EL/W-2090 systems.

Media reports say the Indian government is eyeing a few more surveillance aircraft during PM Modi's current visit.

IAI Heron: Unmanned air vehicle

IAI Heron

Unmanned Air Vehicle
Can operate for 52 hours
Can cover up to 10.5 km (35,000 ft)
Cost: $10 million

IAI Scout (Oriole)

Oldest drone made by IAI
Reconnaissance UAV
Can operate for 7 hours 30 min