UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby Indranil » 14 Aug 2018 10:06

I don't know what is exactly happening but ADE has floated tenders to build nacelles and housing structures for Austro engines on Rustom 2. May be as back up plan in case the desi powerplant fails to deliver performance. If yes, then very prudent.

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby SaiK » 24 Aug 2018 01:59

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https://twitter.com/RSS_40/status/1032695913180000256
KURYER @RSS_40 2h2 hours ago Heavy strike UAV (Sukhoi co) code name “Okhotnik” (HUNTER) to perform some test of taxing runway & “jumping” over strip in this Sep. Maiden flight is expected in 2019. UAV: M=20 t, V~1000 km/h (??) h/t @AviaRu v @tass_agency

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby Indranil » 24 Aug 2018 05:24

Are the fans on the wings for hover?

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Postby SaiK » 26 Aug 2018 16:20

I dont know if it is even real

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Postby Manish_P » 28 Aug 2018 09:42

India’s 1st Drone Policy Announced

India’s 1st drone policy has been announced by Ministry of Civil Aviation, which makes flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or drones in layman’s terms legal.


Drone operators would need a license to fly a drone, and it will cost Rs 25,000.
A UIN or Unique Identification number is required for every drone which is flying, and it will cost Rs 1000 to get one
Pilots or operators of drones will need to clear tests, related with the rules and regulations of flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).
The pilot needs to be atleast class 10th pass, and 18+ years of age.
The process to apply for license would be automated, and completely digital.
During day-time, drones can be flown till 400 feet, and should be visible by the drone operator.
The rule about the visibility of drones can be relaxed later on.
Drones have been divided into 5 categories, based on the weight. Drones from 250 grams to 2 kgs wont be requiring any license or permission to fly. But drones beyond that weight will need a permit, for every flight.
Drones flying in controlled airspace will require a flight plan and Air Defence Clearance (ADC) /Flight Information Centre (FIC) number for every flight.


The Places Where You Cannot Fly A Drone In India

Within 5 kms from the perimeter of airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad
Within 3 kms from the perimeter of any defense, civil and private airport (other than the list mentioned above)
Above the Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) or PANS-OPS surfaces, whichever is lower of an operational aerodrome.
Within any permanent or temporary Prohibited, Restricted and Danger Areas including TRA, and TSA, as notified in AIP
Within 25 kms from International Border, which includes Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL)
Beyond 500 meters (coastal) into sea from a coast line
Within 3 kms from the perimeter of any military installations, facilities
Within 5 kms from the radius of Vijay Chowk in Delhi
Within 2 kms from the radius of strategic locations, as specified by Ministry of Home Affairs
Within 3 kms from the radius of State Secretariat Complex in State Capitals
Drones won’t be allowed from a mobile platform like moving vehicle, ship or aircraft
Over eco-sensitive zones around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries notified by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change without prior permission.

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Postby Vips » 04 Sep 2018 21:58

Indian army finally gets 'eyes in the sky'; Indo-Israeli firm bags order.

With Cyient Solutions and Systems (CSS), announcing on Tuesday its first-ever sale of SpyLite mini unmanned aerial systems (mini-UAS) to the military, the Indian Army has begun acquiring the urgently needed surveillance capability of being able to look down at a combat zone from the sky.

In border flashpoints like Doklam, or in regular encounters with armed militants in Kashmir, the army has functioned without the essential ability to quickly put “eyes in the sky” to look beyond the nearest hill, or treeline, or clump of buildings. Instead, soldiers have had to wait for a helicopter to reach the site, or even longer for fighter reconnaissance missions or satellite photos.

Meanwhile, other major armies have inducted man-portable, mini-UAS (also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs) years ago. India inducted the Israeli Searcher and Heron UAVs in the early 2000s, but those are larger UAVs that operate from an airfield, not with forward infantry detachments. The navy is exploring the purchase of large, long-endurance Sea Guardian UAVs from the US. The Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) is developing the indigenous Rustom UAV. But frontline infantry troops still do not have dedicated mini-UAVs that they can launch and use.

Late last year, the army floated a tender for 600 mini-UAVs for an estimated Rs 1,000 crore. With that tender having made scant headway, the Northern Command – which conducts counter-militant and counter-infiltration operations in Kashmir, in addition to guarding hundreds of kilometres of border with Pakistan and China – has gone in for SpyLite mini-UAVs under the “special financial powers” of the army commander.

CSS is a Hyderabad-based joint venture between Indian firm, Cyient, and the well-reputed Israeli defence firm, BlueBird Aero Systems. It was incorporated in April.

Neither the military, nor CSS is divulging how many SpyLite UASs the army has bought, or the price paid. NJ Joseph, who heads CSS, is willing to reveal only that this was a competitive procurement, and that the SpyLite was the only UAS that met all the army’s requirements and passed the demanding trials at altitudes above 5,000 metres.

“Taking off from very high altitude in extreme weather conditions, the SpyLite flew over the high mountainous landscape, performing all its missions successfully,” stated a CSS press release on Tuesday.

The SpyLite mini-UAS, which weighs just 9.5 kilogrammes, and its rail launcher is carried between two infantry soldiers. When an operation starts, and “look down” is needed, the local commander can launch a UAS within minutes. Its electric motor carries it to 3,000 feet above the surrounding terrain, from where a video camera and infra-red sensors beam back high-definition images in real time. The launching unit remotely controls the flying vehicle, as well as the sensors it carries. After a mission, which can last for up to four hours, the SpyLite flies back and lands using a parachute. If communication and control links get broken, the UAS has a “return home” facility that guides it back to where it was launched.

Just days ago, the army floated a request for information (RFI) for 75 mini RPAs (remotely piloted aircraft) that are specially configured for high altitudes. The RFI says a formal tender can be expected by April 2019. Meanwhile, seven Indian firms have responded to the tender for 600 mini-UAS that the army floated last year. However, as long as these procurements drag on, firms like CSS, which have a developed and tested UAS, could continue to address this urgent army requirement.

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Postby Manish_P » 22 Sep 2018 10:00

Satellite control set to give drones more sting

India is set for a quantum jump in the way it undertakes drone operations by upgrading from existing ground control stations to satellite-control of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to boost their range,endurance and flexibility.

This significant capability boost will come with the launch of GSAT-7A, an advanced military an advanced military communications satellite built by ISRO, in November. “The satellite is specially geared for RPA (remotely-piloted aircraft) operations,” said a defence ministry source.


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Postby Manish_P » 25 Sep 2018 09:28

Reaper scores drone kill in air-to-air missile test

The US Air Force has revealed that an MQ-9 Reaper uncrewed aircraft successfully shot down a smaller drone with a heat-seeking air-to-air missile in a test last November. The details, provided by Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the 432nd Wing, came in an interview with Military.com at the Air Force Association's Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in Washington, DC, yesterday.


Much of the problem has been that the MQ-9, which is flown over a satellite communications link by Air Force operators, lacks the kind of sensors a fighter aircraft would use to track and target other aircraft. Its Lynx multimode radar is a synthetic aperture radar intended for tracking surface targets on land and sea and for providing ground imaging—but not for searching for other aircraft. Its other sensors (other than navigational cameras) were intended for tracking things below as well. And the MQ-9 lacks the sort of electronic-warfare sensors and countermeasures of crewed combat aircraft. However, the Reaper's Multispectral Targeting System (MTS) has proven to be usable for tracking some types of flying targets.


Using communications with other aircraft and units in the area of operation, an MQ-9 crew could use the MTS-C to target an aircraft as well—and to orient the drone to fire an infrared-guided weapon at it. While the weapon used wasn't discussed by Col. Cheater, it was likely a version of the Stinger missile that Raytheon recently upgraded to make more suitable for shooting down drones.

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby JayS » 06 Oct 2018 01:22

Indranil wrote:I wanted to. There was nothing in that gave it away. But it looks like a diesel engine powered MALE.


New tender for fixtures for 2 UAVTD to be built. Gives some sizes. Apx numbers are:

Length 4m, span 5m, depth 0.7m.

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby Indranil » 06 Oct 2018 02:48

0.631 to be exact. Weighs about 1000 kgs. The Diesel MALE is different for sure.

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby SaiK » 18 Nov 2018 09:28

Predator drones on top of Nirmala Sitharaman’s agenda in US visit

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will embark on a three-day bilateral visit to US in December first week with the acquisition of weaponized Predator drones and anti-missile shield for Delhi on top of the agenda with Pentagon.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-ne ... 5kZbN.html

Sitharaman will discuss the acquisition of MQ-9 Reaper or Predator B drones from the US after the Pentagon gave a green signal to the weaponized platform being sold to India.

It is understood that the Indian military is now working on its requirements for Predator-B deones. With an endurance of over 27 hours and speed of 240 knots, the drone can either be deployed by C-130 J Hercules aircraft or self-propelled. The Predator carries Hellfire missile, laser guided bombs and precision guided ammunition.

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby rkhanna » 19 Nov 2018 12:50

As an FYI

From Certain items that have come across my desk at work it seems that Airbus is pushing hard the Qinetiq Zephyr Drone - HAPS program for both Civilian as well as Military Use

Solar Powered
300+ hrs Endurance (Zepher 7) | US Military tested a Smaller Drone at 82hrs
Alt- 61,000Ft
2.5-5kg payload

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Postby rkhanna » 10 Dec 2018 19:14

vinod wrote:


I believe this is a Scene from a movie

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Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Postby vinod » 10 Dec 2018 21:42

^^^ nevertheless, it's a sci-fi that can become a reality in few years


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