So far these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have been used for reconnaissance and snooping purposes.
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The armed drones will target terrorists and their hideouts, both within India and across the borders.
In this project Indian agencies, including the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics, will also share their experience.
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Experts believe the precision guided missiles would also help in specific elimination of the desired targets with none or minimum collateral damage in such operations.
Already, the US Army is using such drones to regularly smoke out terrorists using their MQ-1 Predators and Global Hawk.
With such a capability in its fold, the IAF can unleash a silent punishment to terrorists from 30,000 feet over the ground.
The Indian Navy also has three operational squadrons of UAVs deployed along eastern and Western sea board. The Navy is now in the process of acquiring Predator XP drones used by the US Navy. It has sought 100 latest UAVs, both armed and surveillance versions worth US $2 billion from the United States.