The Morning Wrap: India To Develop Stealth Combat Drones; RSS 'Classic' To Be Rewritten

14/12/2015 7:40 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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ISTRES, FRANCE: In this undated handout image supplied by Dassault Aviation on June 12, 2014, The nEUROn, an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) or drone in flight in December 2013. The nEUROn, an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) is developed under a European consortium led by French defence group Dassault. (Photo Dassault Aviation - M. Brunet via Getty Images)

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