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.