Mini-UAVs – Representational image key.aero
Weighing less than 35 kg, these mini-UAVs would need to give remote video feed with allweather capability and loiter time of 45 minutes.
A military personnel checking the data sent by the UAV youtube
It will be a ‘Make in India’ project, with the potential of orders increasing exponentially over the next few years. After getting the clearance from the defence ministry, tenders will be floated by the defence ministry for the UAVs. A dozens of Indian companies are likely to bid for the contact.
These squads will be attached to all infantry and armoured battalions of the Indian Army, which currently rely on information from other units that operate longerrange UAVs such as the Heron and Searcher of Israeli origin.