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Indian Army Procures Over 400 Locally-Made Kamikaze Drones

The Indian Army has struck a deal with a local company to procure 450 loitering munitions.

Solar Industries Nagpur beat out Polish and Israeli firms to clinch the 2.12 billion Indian rupee ($25 million) contract to supply Nagastra-1 kamikaze drones.

“Economic Explosives Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has signed a contract for the supply of loitering munitions with the Ministry of Defence,” PSU Watch reported, citing a Solar Industries regulatory filing.

The army signed the deal under emergency provisions, which necessitates delivery within one year.


The electric-powered munition features a day/night camera for surveillance missions and a fragmentation warhead to neutralize “soft-skin” targets, according to The Economic Times.

The munition has a man-in-the-loop range of 15 kilometers (9 miles) and an autonomous range of 30 kilometers (19 miles). 

The GPS-guided munition can strike a target with an accuracy of 2 meters (6.5 feet) and has 60 minutes of endurance.

If a mission is aborted, the platform can be called back and landed with a parachute recovery mechanism for reuse.

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