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Event Review

The event will focus on the development, military and civil employment and potential of UAVs in India, including unmanned combat air vehicles, micro and mini UAVs, payloads (sensors, survey & surveillance equipment, EW, weapons), ground stations (data links, launch and recovery systems), aerial targets and maritime unmanned systems.

Military Uses of UAVs

The Indian UAV programme is in its infancy. India will have to depend on imports or joint ventures for Make in India in the interim, as UAVs are essential in any operational matrix. India is already operating a total of 176 Israel-made drones including 108 IAI Searchers and 68 unarmed Heron-1 aircraft for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The IAF also fields a fleet of IAI Harpy drones. Between 1985 and 2014, India was the top importer of UAVs worldwide.

The Indian Army requires medium altitude UAVs operating to a ceiling of 20,000 to 30,000 feet. The payload would preferably be EO/IR, SAR and ESM.

The Army requires mini-UAVs with weight up to 10kgs, range 10 to 30 kms, payload – high resolution gimbaled day & night sensors, endurance up to 2 hours. At the brigade level, commanders would like to have UAVs to add exponentially to the information which can be gathered in real time. At the Division level, UAVs should provide coverage up to 200 kms.

UAVs are sought to be deployed in counter-insurgency/terrorism operations to take out targets outside of Indian territory deemed too risky for manned aircraft.


The major players in India re Tata Advanced Systems, Dynamatic Technologies, Adani & Elbit JV, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Asteria Aerospace, CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories Ltd, Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Ltd, DELOPT and a number of smaller companies.

Civil Uses of UAVs

The rapid development of UAVs promises to change the way a host of services will be delivered in the security, transport, gas, oil, mining, agriculture, survey & mapping, disaster management and specially the infrastructure sector. With versatile payloads like high-resolution cameras, sophisticated sensors and array of functions, with increased endurance, the boundaries of employment of UAVs will only expand through innovation and ingenuity. 

In the gas and oil sector, they can assist in leak detection, inspection, monitoring, collection of data and so on. Three-axis stabilized, high-resolution still and video cameras, over 10x optical zoom. Thermal FLIR, near-IR, CO2 sensors, methane sensors, hydrocarbon sensors and air quality samplers payloads now help in generating GIS-tagged images, terrain analysis, video analytics, remote sensing, topography, thermography and so on.





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