DRDO to out­source SATCOM data link for Rus­tom-ii


In an ef­fort to speed up the Rus­tom-II MALE UAV pro­gramme, the Dehradun­based De­fence Elec­tron­ics Ap­pli­ca­tion Es­tab­lish­ment (DEAL) has called for quo­ta­tions on the devel­op­ment of a SATCOM data link for the UAV, in ef­fect out­sourc­ing a ma­jor task re­quired within the pro­gramme. “The data link sys­tem is one of the ma­jor sys­tems of UAV that is based on dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­niques and pro­vides full du­plex com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the UAV and the ground con­trol sta­tion,” the DEAL RfQ states.

The ten­der pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for sev­eral In­dian pri­vate firms which have demon­strated a ca­pa­bil­ity in de­fence elec­tron­ics and ex­pressed an in­ter­est in work­ing with DRDO to de­velop ro­bust mil­i­tary data links for UAVs, air­craft and other com­bat as­sets. The DEAL ten­der is there­fore the first ef­fort to­wards such part­ner­ships. In­ter­ested com­peti­tors are ex­pected to turn in their pro­pos­als and quo­ta­tions by April 30 this year. The Rus­tom-II is ex­pected to make its first flight by Fe­bru­ary 2014.

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