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India’s ‘Quest’ For UAVs Grow As China Takes A Giant Leap In UAV Tech & Pakistan Acquires Cutting-Edge Drones From Turkey - EurAsian Times

Last updated Thursday, September 7, 2023 01:02 ET

In September 2020, China demonstrated ‘innocuous’ food delivery to troops in remote locations by a swarm of drones. The subtle message that drones that carry food can easily carry explosives was not lost on India.
On January 15, 2021, the Indian Army, in turn, displayed its drone-swarming capability with 75 indigenously designed and developed drone-simulated offensive missions.
Since then, the Indian armed forces have invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Weapon Systems, Quantum Technologies, Robotics, Cloud Computing, and Algorithm warfare.
China is the leading exporter of military drones in the world. According to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), China has delivered 282 combat drones to 17 countries in the past decade.
Media reports worldwide indicate that Chinese armed drones are being used by countries like Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Iraq, and Pakistan to subvert their adversary or quell unrest within their borders.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has described drones as capable of “profoundly changing war scenarios” and had pledged during the Communist Party’s congress last year to “speed up the development of unmanned, intelligent combat capabilities.” State funds and the civil-military fusion have made China the world leader in combat drones.
A reflection of the Chinese small drones dominating the world battlefield is that kamikaze drones deployed by Russia and Ukraine have Chinese components. The Shenzhen-based DJI...



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