The Indian Armed Forces has decided to revive “Project Cheetah” which was pending for a long time. The tri-service have decided to revive the project amid border tensions with China. The project is expected to cost Rs 3500 to the exchequer.
- The project ‘Cheetah’ will be revived to upgrade the drones used for carrying out offensive operations against the enemies.
- Under the project the tri-services seeks to upgrade around 90 Heron drones by equipping them with laser guided bombs, precision guided munitions, air to ground and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles which would help to target enemy posts and regiments.
- The proposal of reviving the project Cheetah has been sent to the high level defence ministry committee headed by Ajay Kumar.
- The newly formed committee under Ajay Kumar is in charge of looking into the procurements for the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
About Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar is the present Union Defence Secretary of India. He was born on October 2, 1962 in Uttar Pradesh.
Ajay Kumar, a 1985 batch IAS officer of the Kerela cadre has a Bachelor of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology , Kanpur. He also has a Master of Science in development economics from the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from the Carlson school of Management of the same University.
He has served various posts through out his career . In November 2017 Kumar was appointed as the Union Defence Production Secretary and on 21 August 2019, he was appointed as Union Defence Secretary of India.
The IAI Heron Drone is a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV which is capable of operations of up to 52 hours’ duration. It is manufactured by Israel Aerorospace Industries.
The Heron UAV was flown for the first time in 1994. It is used primarily used by Israeli Defence Force, Indian air Force, Brazilian Federal Police and Turkish Air Force.