Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bangalore: The tactical Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) 'Baaz' developed and produced by the Hyderabad-based Speck Systems will give a functional demonstration to the Indian Army in April this year.
The Indian Army is reportedly satisfied with the performance of 'Searcher-II' and the Israeli 'Heron' UAVs and seems to be eyeing the market for more machines.
The 'Baaz' UAV, with a speed of 18 nautical miles (50-60 kilometre) has already been demonstrated in South Africa, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Though the army has not floated any tender for new UAVs, the Chief of Army Staff, General J J Singh, has already seen the 'Baaz' in action. The tender is likely to come out in two or three months time.
The day and night and all weather UAV was developed a year back. Competing with Israel's IAI (Israeli Aircraft Industries) models Eye 410, I-View MK50 and Birdeye 2000, and EU's EADS whose model Eurohawk and the 'Golden Eagle' jointly developed by Singapore and Israel, the 'Baaz' is a low cost, low maintenance machine with real time data and video transmission.
Remotely-piloted spy drones as the UAVs are called, are attracting as much attention as the fighter jets at the Sixth edition Aero India Show here.
On display, at the biggest ever Asian air show, are the BAE Systems' fully-autonomous Herti UAV, with a capacity of 24 hours flight at an altitude of up to 20,000 feet, to Israeli Elbit Systems' hand-launched miniature Skylark UAV, designed for counter-terrorism operations and beyond-the-hill surveillance, along with the indigenous 'Baaz'.
Israel's IAI has approached Speck Systems for collaboration for its drone machines. Speck, if it enters into a partnership deal, will provide domestic technical support, assembly and testing facilities, warranty and training. Software development and ground control will however be indigenous.
The Indian Navy and the Air Force (IAF) too have plans of inducting spy drones in the near future.
10/02/07 Suman Sharma/ANI/, US

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Bangalore: Prepare for a battle of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at the international aerospace exposition "Aero India 2007" here on February 7. Making its first international public debut outside the United Kingdom will be HERTI, one of the world's first fully autonomous UAVs developed by BAe Systems. This new generation of UAV is suited for military and civil operations.
HERTI has the ability to take off, complete a full mission and land, all at the click of a computer mouse. It is designed to meet a variety of operational needs with cost efficiency and high levels of reliability. There is no need for an operator or pilot to control the aircraft from the ground. This UAV is from a family of unmanned air vehicles being developed by BAe Systems through its Autonomous Systems and Future Capability, Integrated System Technologies and Australian businesses.
At the Bangalore air show, the HERTI and its unique ground control station will be showcased in its production configuration.
On the air show agenda is a demonstration of HERTI's autonomous mission system capability through a fully operational ground station, which will replay, in real time, missions carried out during the UAV's extensive flight test programme.
01/02/07 Rasheed Kappan/The Hindu

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