India turns to Israel for armed drones as Pakistan, China build fleets
India has accelerated(increase in rate, amount, or extent) plans to buy drones(A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft) from Israel that can be armed, defence (the action of defending from or resisting attack) sources said, allowing the military (relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces) to carry out strikes (a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer) overseas (in or to a foreign country, especially one across the sea) with less risk to personnel (people employed in an organization or engaged in an organized undertaking such as military service).
The news comes weeks after long-time rival Pakistan first reported using a home-made drone in combat (fighting between armed forces) when it attacked (take aggressive military action against (a place or enemy forces) with weapons or armed force) militants (vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in ‘militant reformers) on its soil, raising (lift or move to a higher position or level) the prospect (the possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring) of a new front in the nuclear-armed neighbours’ (a person living next door to or very near to the speaker or person referred to) standoff (a deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict) over Kashmir that has twice spilled into war.
The plan to acquire (buy or obtain (an asset or object) for oneself) Israeli Herons was first conceived ( to be of the opinion that; think) three years ago, but in January the wrote to the government ( the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office) asking for speedy delivery (the act of transferring to another), the sources said, as Pakistan and China develop their own drone warfare (engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict) capabilities (the power or ability to do something).
India has already deployed (move (troops) into position for military action) Israeli unmanned (not having or needing a crew or staff) aerial vehicles (UAVs) along the rugged ((of ground or terrain) having a broken, rocky, and uneven surface) mountains of J&K for surveillance (close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.), as well as on the disputed (argue) border with China where the two armies have faced off against each other.
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