HAL to present UAV vi­sion to Home Sec­re­tary

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) will shortly be mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to Home Sec­re­tary R.K. Singh on a pro­posed na­tional plan on UAVs for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity threats and cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism. HAL re­cently carved out a sep­a­rate UAV wing as part of its Bengaluru com­plex. While sev­eral dif­fer­ent agen­cies in the coun­try are in­volved in de­vel­op­ing UAVs (ADE, NAL, ADA etc), HAL has de­cided to go the part­ner­ship route to build un­manned sys­tems for the armed forces.

HAL al­ready has a tie-up with IAI, and is likely to ex­plore ex­pand­ing this re­la­tion­ship to big­ger, high per­for­mance sys­tems to cater to the large UAV re­quire­ment in the In­dian armed forces and para­mil­i­tary forces. HAL sources in­di­cate the com­pany is work­ing to­wards or­gan­is­ing a full-fledged menu of UAVs that it can of­fer—from mi­cro and mini UAVs for man­portable in­fantry de­ploy­ment and spe­cial forces util­ity, to larger high en­durance sys­tems of the kind be­ing devel­oped by the Aero­nau­ti­cal Devel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment.

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