SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVE / TRENDS -

The In­dian Army is look­ing for 49 man­portable hand launched un­manned air sys­tems specif­i­cally de­signed for tac­ti­cal sur­veil­lance in the bor­der ar­eas of Jammu & Kash­mir. The Army’s Ud­ham­pur-based North­ern Com­mand has floated a ten­der spec­i­fy­ing the need for a sys­tem that is ca­pa­ble of over-the-hill re­con­nais­sance and im­agery sur­veil­lance aimed at track­ing move­ment of ter­ror­ists or in­fil­tra­tors, in­cur­sions, hu­man move­ments and to bat­tle­field in­tel­li­gence.

The In­dian Army cur­rently op­er­ates a small fleet of Searcher Mk.2 drones of Is­raeli ori­gin, but re­quires un­manned sys­tems de­ploy­able at the pla­toon and com­pany level for tac­ti­cal unit-level op­er­a­tions. In 2009, the In­dian Army got a taste of such sys­tems at Babina dur­ing Ex­er­cise Yudh Ab­hyas with the US Army, when the Raven UAS was de­ployed. The In­dian Army has also got a chance to see in­dige­nous hand-launched plat­forms like the NAL SlyBird and ADE Im­pe­rial Ea­gle, both of which are still cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment.

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