Thursday 8 February 2024

India makes Hermes 900 Drones for Israel

Made in India: Hyderabad Facility Exports Drones to Israel Amidst Conflict

Hyderabad, India - India's first private drone manufacturing facility, located in Hyderabad, has made its mark on the international stage by supplying over 20 Hermes 900 UAVs to Israel, sparking debate amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Hyderabad-based Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India Ltd., a joint venture between Adani Defence and Aerospace and Israel's Elbit Systems, delivered the medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drones complete with carbon composite aerostructures manufactured at their 50,000-square-foot facility.

Equipped with advanced sensors, the Hermes 900 boasts the ability to detect ground and maritime targets across a wide spectrum and even carry out ground attacks. This capability has raised concerns, considering the ongoing conflict in Israel.

While India initially procured the Hermes 900 to bolster its own surveillance capabilities along its northern borders, the export to Israel highlights the growing role of the Hyderabad facility in global drone manufacturing. It marks the first time the Hermes 900 has been manufactured outside of Israel.

The Adani Elbit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Complex (UAV) was inaugurated in December 2018, aiming to become a hub for manufacturing missiles and UAVs. This recent export deal signifies progress towards that goal.

However, the deal has also drawn criticism due to the ethical implications of supplying potentially offensive military equipment to a nation engaged in an ongoing conflict. Some experts argue that such exports could potentially damage India's international reputation and complicate its own geopolitical relationships.

While the economic benefits of drone manufacturing are undeniable, the Hyderabad facility's international foray brings to light complex questions about arms trade, ethical considerations, and the evolving landscape of military technology in India.

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