Thats what Ashwin & i have stated, that HALE Avenger is IAF requirement, the article was wrongly classified as army, but you still misused your powers as admin & migrated & merged my thread to Army uav.I would have to disagree with IA part here.
From RFIs and DRDO slides we know IA want 3 UAV categories. Both RFI asks for Indian vendor. In the case of MALE it even asks for
Unlike IAF or IN, Army doesn't need Avenger or Reaper class of UAVs. For them, less capable Rustom 2 is good enough. Its refreshing to see IA going all Indian systems.
- Mini UAV - All up weight 35 kg - Possible Offerings : HAL/Elbit Skylark, Tata Advanced Systems/Boeing Scan Eagle, and AeroVironment/Dynamatic Technologies Puma. Its under 'buy Indian' in DPP.
- Short Range Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) - Endurance 10 hour . RFI asks for Indian developed vehicle. So, It will be Rustom 1.
- MALE UAV - Endurance 24 hours. Which is Rustom 2, Why would IA go for Hermes 900 if its under development? They are not in a hurry since RFI is not out yet. (Considering Mini-UAV RFI was first out in 2012)
Ofcource army doesnt have HALE requirement at present, my hale thread belonged correctly to IAF section where had posted, which was wrongly killed & merged to Army thread. now complaining there is no HALE requirement in army is novel.