Friday, February 13, 2009

The country’s premier agency in the aviation sector, Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) will be handing over NISHANT, it’s first indigenously made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Indian Army very soon. NISHANT, which means ‘end of darkness’ is a tactical UAV and can be employed in tactical areas in a local domain. “The limited series production is specially prepared for Indian Army as per their requirements. The confirmatory trials of NISHANT are planned and it is ready for delivery”, Project Director, ADE, Shri G Srinivasa Murthy said.
ADE has also embarked upon an ambitious programme to build another UAV with Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) that has multi-mission capability. RUSTOM, named after Rustom Damania, who was instrumental in conceptualizing the idea, will have 300 km range with 200 kg payload. According to Shri Murthy, RUSTOM will be in a flying stage in about 3 years. With an endurance level of more than 24 hours, this UAV can be used by all three armed forces. RUSTOM can be useful in reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition and designation, communications relay and signal intelligence. ADE has acquired about 4200 acres of land in Chitragurga district in Karnataka which is being developed for test range only for UAV.
The tactical highlights of NISHANT include multi-mission day/night capability using advance payloads, jam resistant command link and digital down link.
Prototypes of both UAVs are displayed at the ongoing Aero India 2009 at Yelahanka air base in Bangaluru.
12/02/09 Web News Wire

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Among the indigenous products which are being unveiled for the first time at the Aero India 2009 is the Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Rustom.
A markup of Rustom is being showcased at the Aero India 2009 along with other DRDO products.
Rustom which has a wingspan of 20 metres and weighs 1,800 kg, unlike other DRDO developed Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) like Lakshya and Nishant will be launched by the conventional method and not the launcher as in the case of the Lakshya and Nishant.
DRDO is awaiting clearance from the government and is expected to shortly take up the project.
The Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is being developed by DRDO for the three services, Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.
Rustom will replace/ supplement the Heron UAVs in service that are with the Indian armed forces.
The Rustom will be competing against the BAE Systems’ Mantis which is unveiled for the first time during the show.
Mantis, a new autonomous UAV, being developed by BAE Systems, will be making its international debut at the show. A full-size Mantis and Herti will grace the area outside the BAE Systems pavilion.
12/02/09 ExpressBuzz

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bangalore: BAE Systems will have its biggest-ever presence at Aero India 2009 with the British aero major launching its newly developed autonomous air vehicle, Mantis, for the first time at an international air show. This is significant as ADA India is heavily into UAVs with the launch of its indigenous Nishanth.
BAE Systems' theme for the event is `Autonomy - specifically autonomous air vehicles'. Apart from Mantis, the new autonomous Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) being developed by BAE Systems, Herti, another UAV, will hold pride of place outside the BAE Systems pavilion.
Defence experts point out: "India has already gone in for the Hawk from BAE. An UAV like Mantis would be very useful in terms of technologies that we can learn. While Nishanth is good, we hear Mantis is highly sophisticated. There is a good chance that we can collaborate with BAE on UAVs."
With an entire pavilion for itself, BAE Systems will be displaying products from across our aerospace capabilities, including the Typhoon and Hawk. There will be products not displayed in India before, such as special seating for helicopters that protect aircrew from spinal injuries in crashes and hard landing -- the leading cause of injury to heli pilots.
The Mantis itself is a technology demonstrator programme and brings together technologies, capabilities and systems that will demonstrate the potential of a large unmanned autonomous
07/02/09 Times of India

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