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India works with Israel for its UAS needs. The state-owned Aeronautical Development Agency and IAI are working together to develop three new UAS for Indian military forces: the Rustam medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV, which features a domestically-developed EW system, the Pawan short-range drone and the Gagan tactical UAS, which also carries a domestically-developed EA system.

Indian developers have been working with Israel Aerospace Industries to develop three UAVs, the Rustom MALE and the short-range Pawan and Gagan. In March 2016 Indian defense forces finalized a blueprint to procure more than 5,000 UAVs over the next 10 years for about US $3 billion, and tenders will be restricted to domestic companies that can tie up with foreign firms. The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO is developing a variety of UAVs for the services, including, Navy projects such as four Pawan mini-UAVs for $33.2 million; 50 air­ and ship­launched Nirbhay UAVs.

The Pawan is a short-range UAV developed at a cost of USD 33.2 million. Meant to equip Indian Army divisions, the craft will have the capability to engage in surveillance during the day and night, flying for around five hours with a range of 150 km. The Gagan, developed for some USD 55.5 million, is an advanced version of the Nishant, with a range of 250 km and an altitude capability of 6000 m.

Meant to equip Indian army divisions, the Pawan will be comparable in size and capabilities to Israel?s Eye View, Hermes 180 and Silver Arrow drones. The 120-kilogram Pawan will have day-and-night surveillance capability, an endurance of five hours and a range of 150 kilometers. ADE plans to build four Pawan prototypes under this development program, with Israel Aircraft Industries electro-optic sensors for the payload and its own stabilizer platform. The engine will be purchased from outside India.

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