Indian Army to Acquire Medium-Range Loitering Missile

17 March 2011 (Last Updated March 17th, 2011 18:30)

The Indian Army plans to procure a medium-range loitering missile in a bid to upgrade its artillery, according to the Defence Ministry's annual report. "It has the capability for acquisition of targets and precision engagements. Each system can carry out one combat mission and the proposa

The Indian Army plans to procure a medium-range loitering missile in a bid to upgrade its artillery, according to the Defence Ministry's annual report.

"It has the capability for acquisition of targets and precision engagements. Each system can carry out one combat mission and the proposal is under progress," the report added.

The army needs the missile to carry a conventional warhead, and anti-tank and anti-material warheads with deep armour penetration capability, according to the Press Trust of India.

The artillery fired medium-range loitering missile has loitering capability like an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and can hover for 30 minutes before striking at a target.

Israel Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin are the only two major loitering missile developers and manufacturers in the world.