New Delhi: In a bid to upgrade its artillery,
the Indian Army is planning to acquire medium-range loitering
missile that can strike at a target after hovering over it for
30 minutes and sending in critical data on the enemy
Defence Ministry`s Annual Report tabled in the Parliament
today said the Artillery Fired Medium-Range Loitering Missile
can strike a target with a missile`s precision and has
loitering capability like a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
"It has the capability for acquisition of targets and
precision engagements. Each system can carry out one combat
mission and the proposal is under progress," it said.
The army also wants the loitering missile to have a
conventional warhead, apart from anti-tank and anti-material
warheads with deep penetration against armour capability.
Globally, Israel Aerospace Industries and US` Lockheed
Martin are the two major loitering missile developers and
On the induction of Infantry Combat Vehicles, the report
said in next two decades, over 2600 such vehicles are to be
procured for the Army.
Commenting on the Air Force Network, the report says the
project was launched after the "growing demand for launching
3G services in the country and a need to surrender spectrum in
the frequency band range of 1.7 to 2 Ghz by the IAF."