NAL MINI-UAVS DEMON­STRATED TO CRPF & NSG

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The CRPF and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard have ex­pressed in­ter­est in NAL’s SlyBird and Pushpak mi­cro air ve­hi­cles for over­the-hill surveil­lance and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing. Start­ing Novem­ber 2013, Ben­galuru-based Na­tional Aero­space Lab­o­ra­to­ries (NAL) has con­ducted flight demon­stra­tions in sim­u­lated op­er­a­tional set­tings in Mane­sar to show the two agen­cies what the MAVs can do. NAL has re­ceived feed­back on both the MAVs and will be en­gi­neer­ing im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing to the au­topi­lot guid­ance con­trol laws. The NSG, CRPF, ITBP and state po­lice forces have long ex­pressed in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing a limited aerial surveil­lance ca­pa­bil­ity with MAVs. The ITBP and Pun­jab Po­lice have re­ceived demon­stra­tions of NAL’s Black Kite and SlyBird in Ladakh and Chandigarh re­spec­tively over the last few years. The Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) will see greater strides in the MAV space, in­clud­ing the en­try into ser­vice of sev­eral of the sys­tems un­der de­vel­op­ment. The In­dian Army is still in the mar­ket to pro­cure at least 200 mini-UAVs for its in­fantry units, for real-time surveil­lance and re­con­nais­sance, de­tec­tion of en­emy move­ment, tar­get de­tec­tion, recog­ni­tion, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ac­qui­si­tion and post-strike dam­age as­sess­ment, as ear­lier re­ported by SP’s, though it has so far only ac­quired the in­dige­nous Nis­hant UAV.

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