Boe­ing dis­plays Scanea­gle UAV in Bengaluru

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

While Boe­ing will have the largest air­craft once again at Aero In­dia 2013, with a USAF C-17 Globe­mas­ter III—the first C-17 for the IAF en­tered flight test ear­lier in Jan­uary—it will be de­but­ing a smaller air­craft that it has been show­cas­ing as a po­ten­tial plat­form for the In­dian mil­i­tary: the ScanEa­gle. The low-cost, long-en­dur- ance au­tonomous un­manned ve­hi­cle is a small part of a big un­manned sys­tems push by for­eign ven­dors in In­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, Boe­ing fore­sees cus­tomers us­ing ScanEa­gle ve­hi­cles in­di­vid­u­ally or in groups to loi­ter over trou­ble spots and pro­vide in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) data or com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­lay. It adds that as stan­dard pay­load ScanEa­gle car­ries ei­ther an in­er­tially sta­bilised elec­tro-op­ti­cal or an in­frared cam­era. The gim­baled cam­era al­lows the op­er­a­tor to eas­ily track both sta­tion­ary and mov­ing tar­gets, pro­vid­ing real-time in­tel­li­gence. Ca­pa­ble of fly­ing above 16,000 feet, the UAV has also demon­strated the abil­ity to pro­vide per­sis­tent low-al­ti­tude re­con­nais­sance.

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