The production and marketing in India of mini-unmanned aerial vehicles is to be undertaken by Israel Aerospace Industries and Alpha Design Technologies.
IAI said its agreement with the Indian company covers its Bird-Eye 400 and Bird-Eye 650 systems as well as other UAVs.
"IAI's teaming agreement with Alpha follows India's policy for "Buy and make India," said Shaul Shahar, IAI vice president and general manager of the Military Aircraft Group. "Our unique mini-UAS have proved exceptional operational capabilities. IAI's knowledge in producing the world's most advanced and innovative unmanned aerial systems, with Alpha's know-how and access to users will create a strong, fruitful partnership for the benefit of India's defense and security organizations."
The Bird-Eye 400 is a man-portable, rapid-launch system. It is electric powered and carries a high-resolution video camera for day and night surveillance images. The 650 system is a larger version aircraft.
"The important vision of 'Make in India' is being made fully effective by this joint effort," said Col. H. S. Shankar, chairman and managing director of Alpha Design Technologies. "Alpha will meet the huge market in India and will examine further, later exports by Alpha, through IAI to various countries."