The Indian Army, on Tuesday, contracted an unspecified number of Israeli SpyLite mini surveillance drones for its infantry units deployed along the high altitude range of the India-China border. Infantry units had demanded mini-drones that could be operated from Ladakh and across from Aksai Chin to keep an eye on the movement of Chinese forces.The SpyLite mini-drone will be provided by Cyient Solutions and Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd. and BlueBird Aero Systems of Israel. SpyLite was the only UAV system to complete and pass a trial conducted by the Indian Army earlier this year. It had successfully met end-user requirements to conduct real-time surveillance and target acquisition at very high altitudes and in extreme weather conditions.
“SpyLite is an advanced, combat-proven, electric, mini unmanned aerial system. It is optimized to offer covert, extended range real-time visual intelligence. Fully autonomous, from launch to accurate parachute recovery, the system delivers enhanced reliability even in severe weather