Top UAV with the Indian armed forces
The world is changing so is the war attack. In this scenario, UAV plays a crucial part in securing the border and for surveillance. In this post, we will look at some of the essential drones, i.e. UAV used by the Indian armed forces.
- AURA is an autonomous stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) developed by the DRDO for the Indian Air Force.
- The design work on the UCAV is to be carried out by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
- The UCAV will be capable of releasing missiles, bombs and precision-guided munitions.
DRDO Imperial Eagle
- EAGLE is an Indian light-weight mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the DRDO alongside Aeronautical Development Establishment, and the National Aerospace Laboratories and supported by private vendors.
- Its primary users will be the National Security Guard and the military services.
- The Imperial Eagle weighs 2.5 kg and can carry either a daylight camera or thermal night vision camera.
- Designed to be carried in soldier’s backpack, be hand-launched and recoverable through a soft landing.
- It is completely autonomous with navigational way-points, which can be changed in-flight by the ground control.
- It is capable of providing continuous imagery of the onboard camera irrespective of the attitude of the aircraft.
- The primary advantage of the vehicle is that it functions on autopilot.
- Its orientation can be controlled using a dedicated real-time operating system (RTOS).
- The DRDO Netra is an Indian, light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
- The DRDO Research and Development Establishment (R&DE), and IdeaForge, a Mumbai-based private firm developed Netra.
- Netra can also is launched from a small clearing, and it can fly up to a distance of 2.5 km from its take-off point.
- The operational altitude of the UAV is 200 m.
- It can carry out surveillance in an area of 1.5 km Line of Sight (LOS) at the height of 300 m, for 30 minutes on a single battery charge.
- It has a high-resolution camera with zoom to facilitate more comprehensive surveillance and can also carry a thermal camera for night operations.
- The zoom-in camera can identify human activity up to 500 m away and can send a live video feed of objects within a radius of 5 km.
- It is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance uncrewed air vehicle (UAV) developed by DRDO for the Armed forces.
- Rustom has three variants like Rustom-I, Rustom-H, Rustom-II.
- Payload capacity of 95 kgs and have a length around 5.12m.
- Rustom-II can attain max speed up to 150kmps and operated along LOS.
- It is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by India's ADE (Aeronautical Development Establishment), a branch of DRDO for the Indian Armed Forces.
- The Nishant UAV is primarily tasked with intelligence gathering over enemy territory and also for reconnaissance, training, surveillance, target designation, artillery fire correction, damage assessment.
- The UAV has an endurance of four hours and thirty minutes.
- The 380 kg Nishant UAV requires rail-launching from a hydro-pneumatic launcher and recovered by a parachute system.
- Launches at a velocity of 45 m/s are carried out in 0.6 seconds with 100 kW power, and subsequent launches can be carried out in intervals of 20 minutes.
- Nishant is one of the few UAVs in the world in its weight-class capable of being catapult-launched and recovered by using a parachute
- this eliminates the need for a runway as in case of the conventional take-off and landing with wheels.
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