First indigenous surveillance drone of India will be launched next week

First indigenous surveillance drone of India will be launched next week  

Drone will transmit live aerial and static exhibitions of many aircraft during Aero-India event in Bengaluru

 
Indigenous drone

Next week, India will launch its first indigenous advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for strategic reconnaissance and surveillance. According to the sources, a second domestic weaponized drone is also slated to perform its maiden flight test by June-July 2023.

During the Aero-India event in Bengaluru, the DRDO-developed Tapas-BH (tactical aerial platform for advanced surveillance-beyond-horizon) drone will transmit live aerial and static exhibitions of many aircraft. Advanced indigenous drones will be much cheaper.

"Tapas-BH will showcase its capabilities, which includes operating at altitudes up to 28,000-feet, with an endurance of over 18 hours. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) is DRDO’s solution for ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) requirements of the Army, IAF and Navy,” a defence ministry official said on February 9. 

The armed drone called Archer-NG can carry 300kg of weapons including smart anti-airfield weapons. "The UAV, also capable of night-flying, is now getting ready for formal user-trial evaluation by the armed forces. It can thereafter go for production in large numbers by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bharat Electronics and others." - According to a source.




 



 

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