DRDO to ex­pe­dite pro­duc­tion of 16 Nis­hant UAVS for CRPF


With the Army clear­ing the in­dige­nous Nis­hant UAV for an ex­tended 4.5-hour sur­veil­lance sor­tie and things pro­gress­ing well in the fi­nal stages of op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion for army op­er­a­tions at the bat­tal­ion level, the DRDO is now fo­cus­ing on meet­ing an or­der of 16 Nis­hants for the CRPF for anti-Maoist op­er­a­tions. The para­mil­i­tary force chose the Nis­hant as it re­quires no run­way and min­i­mal in­fra­struc­ture for launch and re­cov­ery. The Nis­hant’s launch ve­hi­cle car­ries a rail launcher and the UAV is re­cov­ered by a para­chute at any cho­sen lo­ca­tion.

The CRPF has had a chance to eval­u­ate the plat­form and has been im­pressed with its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Its de­ci­sion to own and op­er­ate its own fleet of UAVs fol­lowed prob­lems with co­or­di­na­tion with other agen­cies like the NTRO. Other para­mil­i­tary forces like the BSF, ITBP and SSB are also look­ing to ac­quire UAVs and MAVs, and are at var­i­ous stages of pro­cess­ing such re­quire­ments. The po­lice ser­vices of sev­eral states, in­clud­ing Pun­jab and Ch­hat­tis­garh are also look­ing for mini UAVs for op­er­a­tions in build-up ar­eas.

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