DRDO developing UAVs to track down Maoists

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to track down maoists in naxal hit states viz. Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, etc. And would demonstrate the operational capability of the first such vehicle, Nishant in Jagdalpur.

  • The UAVs being developed for CRPF would be able to help the forces trace and track down the ultra Left operatives in even thick forests. 

The Nishant, a multi-mission UAV developed by India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a branch of DRDO, had already been inducted by the army. (Nishant consists of an air vehicle supported by ground control station equipment  mounted  on  Tatra  vehicles  and  it  can  be  moved to any location for launching whenever required making it very versatile).

About Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Means: Aerial vehicles which operate without a human pilot. Eaves  are  commonly  used  in  both  the  military  and  police  forces in situations  where  the  risk  of  sending  a  human  piloted  aircraft is unacceptable,  or  the  situation  makes  using  a  manned  aircraft Impractical.
  • Uses: To  get  aerial video of a remote location, especially where there would be unacceptable risk to the pilot of a manned aircraft and can  be  equipped  with  high  resolution  still, video, and even  infrared  cameras.
  • The information obtained by the UAV can be streamed back to the control centre in real time.
  • Used to carry and deliver a variety of payloads. Helicopter type UAVs are well suited to this purpose, because payloads can be suspended from the bottom of the airframe, with little aerodynamic penalty.

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