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DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chief

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    DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chief



    24 FEB, 2012

    BANGALORE: In contrast to the US which is "doing a lot of work" in developing and manufacturing Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), India is more focused on developing UAVs as it considers intelligence gathering more challenging in future wars, Defence Research and Development Organisation said today.

    "We have no mandate to develop UCAVs as of today. If the government gives us the mandate we will take up the project," Chief Controller R&D (Aeronautics), A Subhananda Rao, told reporters on the sidelines of the International Conference on Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (ICAUV) 2012 here.

    As future wars would be fought on the basis of intelligence gathering, the government is more focused on developing UAVs that would help intelligence gathering, Rao said.

    "Future warfare is going to be on the basis of intelligence gathering. That is where we are concentrating on gathering intelligence and able to give it back to the military base in real time," he said.

    Combat portion of developing UAVs would come in the next stage, he added.

    DRDO's present mandate was to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which would give a performance of 300 km range and an endurance of 24 hours, Rao said.

    Soon the organisation would take up twin projects of solar-powered UAVs and Unmanned Helicopter, he said, adding the that defence forces had shown an interest on micro- vehicles.


    The defence forces had also shown keen interest on UAVs being developed by DRDO, Rao said. All the three defence wings have also shown keen interest on UAVs like Lakshya, Nishant and Rustom 1, he said.

    Earlier addressing an ICAUV gathering, Rao said India has launched several technology development programmes to achieve the level 4 'onboard flight path replan'.

    DRDO is working on aerostats and airships and also plans to develop large size aerostats of approximately 17,000 cum and airships, Rao said.


    DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chief - The Economic Times
     
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    Re: DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chi

    The government should give the mandate to develop UCAVs. We need something effective, stealthy and fast to destroy near border terrorist activities near the Kashmir region.
     
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    Re: DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chi

    I agree, except for the stealthy part. With the limited detection technology that the terrorist possess, a regular UCAV in the mold of the Predator would do the trick. SOmething capable of low level flight, target identification/designation, and bunker-killing strikes.

    Armed recco is where we could use something like the Aura, to keep our borders intrusion free.
     
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    The only reason i said stealthy was because there is significant radar coverage in that area. Low-level flying and stealth could be lethal especially when the Pakistani coverage is there to support those activities.
     
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    Re: DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chi

    UAVs for intelligence-gathering on anvil: DRDO


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    India is focused on developing UAVs as it considers intelligence gathering important, DRDO official A Subhananda Rao said in Banglore on Friday.


    "We have no mandate to develop UCAVs as of today. If the government gives us the mandate we will take up the project," Chief Controller R&D (Aeronautics), A Subhananda Rao, told reporters on the sidelines of the International Conference on Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (ICAUV) 2012 here.

    As future wars would be fought on the basis of intelligence gathering, the government is more focused on developing UAVs that would help intelligence gathering, Rao said.

    "Future warfare is going to be on the basis of intelligence gathering. That is where we are concentrating on gathering intelligence and able to give it back to the military base in real time," he said.

    Combat portion of developing UAVs would come in the next stage, he added.

    DRDO's present mandate was to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which would give a performance of 300 km range and anendurance of 24 hours, Rao said.

    Soon the organisation would take up twin projects of solar-powered UAVs and Unmanned Helicopter, he said, adding the that defence forces had shown an interest on micro- vehicles.

    The defence forces had also shown keen interest on UAVs being developed by DRDO, Rao said. All the three defence wings have also shown keen interest on UAVs like Lakshya, Nishant and Rustom 1, he said.

    Earlier addressing an ICAUV gathering, Rao said India has launched several technology development programmes to achieve the level 4 'onboard flight path replan'.

    DRDO is working on aerostats and airships and also plans to develop large size aerostats of approximately 17,000 cum and airships, Rao said.

    UAVs for intelligence-gathering on anvil: DRDO
     
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    Re: DRDO focused on developing UAVs to aid intelligence: Subhananda Rao, DRDO R&D Chi

    nowdays every defence force keen to have uav n drones we should focus in this n try to develop more n more advance tech :artillery:
     
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    Like ?
     
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