Amid border tensions with China, Indian armed forces have reportedly decided to revive ‘Project Cheetah’ and push for arming their Heron UAVs with laser-guided bombs, precision-guided munitions and anti-tank missiles. The ‘Project Cheetah’ has been pending for a long time and now the tri-services have decided to revive it, which is likely to cost the exchequer over Rs 3,500 crore.
The tri-services have sent a fresh demand to the government for the ‘Project Cheetah’. A high-level defence ministry committee headed by defence secretary Ajay Kumar is likely to consider the case, the agency reported. Kumar is in charge of all capital procurements for the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.