Indian Armed Forces plan to acquire modern mini drones

14:47, August 02, 2010      

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The Indian Armed Forces are planning to acquire many advanced mini drones to improve their aerial reconnaissance capability in the coming years, local media reported on Monday.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) would buy several types of mini drones with fuel or battery driven engines and latest avionics. Those UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) would have the capabilities of hand-launching, vertical take-off and landing, Indian newspaper the Time of India quoted defense source as saying.

During the operation, the IAF's mini drones could carry sophisticated cameras and infra-red sensors to carry out the aerial reconnaissance missions, according to the report.

One type of the IAF's future mini drones would be less than two kg, and could be easily operated by a single soldier. This type of drone would carry mini cameras for air spy tasks with the endurance of more than thirty minutes .

The Indian Army is also acquiring man-portable mini drones for short-range covert missions, which include aerial detection, tracking and surveillance, said the report.

However, the Army's mini drones would be double-purposed. Following the aerial reconnaissance, the Army's mini drones could strike high-value small targets on the ground by firing the fatal weapons.

Because of their small size and light weight, mini drones would have the stealth capability of evading the anti-aircraft radar's detection. Especially, the Army's mini drones could launch the surprise attack on the valuable ground targets.

At present, mini drones are being widely used in many countries. In Afghanistan, the U.S. Troops are operating many mini drones to fight the Taliban. In the Middle East, the Israeli troops are using mini drones to monitor the Palestine territories.

There are more than 100 larger drones in the Indian Armed Forces. Those larger drones are mainly deployed in the Army and Air Force for aerial intelligence-gathering.

Source: Xinhua


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