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Drones - Indian Armed Forces (The past, present and beyond)

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    R!CK 2nd Lieutant Technical Analyst

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    All about the past, present and future drone fleet of Indian Armed Forces.

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    The thread will serve as a platform to discuss, review and understand several Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) types that have served, are serving and may serve the Indian sub-continent.
     
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    Maritime Predator B - Guardian

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    Designated MQ-9 Reaper® by its U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force customers, the turboprop-powered, multi-mission Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) was developed with GA-ASI funding and provides significantly greater capabilities than Predator. First flown in 2001, Predator B is a highly sophisticated development built on the experience gained with the company's battle-proven Predator RPA and is a major evolutionary leap forward in overall performance and reliability.

    Featuring unmatched operational flexibility, Predator B has an endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS, can operate up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1746 kilogram) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1361 kilograms) of external stores. Twice as fast as Predator, the aircraft carries 500% more payload and has nine times the horsepower. It provides a long-endurance, persistent surveillance/strike capability for the war fighter.

    An extremely reliable aircraft, Predator B is equipped with a fault-tolerant flight control system and triple redundant avionics system architecture. It is engineered to meet and exceed manned aircraft reliability standards.

    Predator B is powered by the flight-certified and proven Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine, integrated with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC), which significantly improves engine performance and fuel efficiency, particularly at low altitudes.

    The aircraft is highly modular and is configured easily with a variety of payloads to meet mission requirements. Predator B is capable of carrying multiple mission payloads to include: Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, multi-mode maritime surveillance radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), laser designators, and various weapons packages.

    Predator B continues to improve and evolve, making it more relevant for its customers' emerging needs. A new variant, Predator B ER, has been designed with field-retrofittable capabilities such as wing-borne fuel pods and a new reinforced landing gear that extends the aircraft's already impressive endurance from 27 hours to 34 hours while further increasing its operational flexibility. In 2016, the aircraft will evolve again when its wingspan will grow from 66 feet to 79 feet to hold the fuel that was previously stored in the fuel pods. This configuration will deliver 42 hours of endurance.

    This aircraft has been acquired by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Royal Air Force, the Italian Air Force, the French Air Force, the Spanish Air Force, and soon others.

    Characteristics:

    • Wing Span: 66 ft (20m)
    • Length: 36 ft (11m)
    • Powerplant: Honeywell TPE331-10 Max
    • Gross Takeoff Weight: 10,500 lb (4763 kg)
    • Fuel Capacity: 3,900 lb (1769 kg)
    • Payload Capacity: 850 lb int. (386 kg) / 3,000 lb ext. (1361 kg)
    • Payloads:
    MTS-B EO/IR
    Raytheon SeaVue multi-mode maritime radar
    Inmarsat (SATCOM)
    Automated Identification System (AIS)
    SIGINT/ESM system
    Dual-ARC-210 radios
    Dual-Wulfsberg radios
    Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
    • Power: 11.0 kVA (redundant)
    Performance:

    Max Altitude 50,000 ft
    Max Endurance 27 hr
    Max Airspeed 240 KTAS


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    Features:

    • Triple-redundant flight control system
    • Redundant flight control surfaces
    • Remotely piloted or fully autonomous
    • MIL-STD-1760 stores management system
    • 7 external stations for carriage of payloads
    • C-Band line-of-sight data link control
    • Ku-Band Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS)/SATCOM data link control
    • Over 90% system operational availability
    • C-130 transportable (or self-deploys)


    Source: http://www.ga-asi.com/predator-b
     
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    Predator C Avenger

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    As with Predator® B, Predator C Avenger® was developed through the foresight and funding of GA-ASI. Its unique design, reduced signature, and speed increases its survivability in higher threat environments and provides potential customers with an expanded quick-response armed reconnaissance capability. The first flight of Predator C occurred in April 2009. The aircraft is currently in an expanded flight test program.

    The high-speed, multi-mission Avenger is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system that can perform wide-area surveillance, time-sensitive strike missions over land or sea, and a host of other challenging military missions. The aircraft has much higher operational and transit speeds than current Predator-series aircraft, resulting in quick response and rapid repositioning for improved mission flexibility and survivability.

    Avenger is a highly advanced, next-generation RPA. The jet-powered aircraft is equipped with a Pratt and Whitney PW545B turbofan engine capable of producing 4,800 pounds installed thrust. The engine is designed for greater fuel economy and features class-leading fuel consumption components. Avenger can operate at speeds up to 400 KTAS, a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet, and 18 hours endurance. Its significant payload capacity enables it to carry multiple sensors, while its internal weapons bay can house 3,500 pounds of precision munitions.

    The next-generation Avenger employs the same materials and avionics as Predator B and is likewise controlled from and fully interoperable with GA-ASI Ground Control Stations (GCS) used for operating Predator-series aircraft. Avenger's low cost and advanced capabilities make it the optimum choice for employment in "swarm" tactics where affordable quantities count in a successful outcome.

    In 2016, an extended range variant of Avenger will be available which will feature a 76-foot wingspan and increased fuel capacity that will increase the aircraft's endurance to 20 hours.

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    Characteristics:


    • Wing Span: 66 ft (20m)
    • Length: 44 ft (13m)
    • Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney PW545B turbofan
    • Max Gross Takeoff Weight: 18,200 lb (8255 kg)
    • Fuel Capacity: 7,900 lb (3583 kg)
    • Payload Capacity: 3,500 lb int. (1588 kg) 6,500 lb Total (2948 kg)
    • Weapons:
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    Hellfire missiles
    GBU-12/49, GBU-31
    GBU-32, GBU-38 JDAM
    GBU-39, GBU-16/48

    • Payloads:
    EO/IR
    Lynx Multi-mode Radar
    SIGINT/ESM System
    Communications relay

    • Power: 20 kW (redundant)
    Performance:

    Max Altitude: 50,000 ft
    Max Endurance: 18 hr
    Max Airspeed: 400 KTAS


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    Features:

    • Jet performance and reliability
    • Reduced detection features
    • Internal stores carriage
    • Multiple payload capacity
    • Retractable Electo-optic/Infrared (EO/IR) gimbal
    • Triple-redundant avionics
    • Dual-redundant flight controls
    • Six external hard points
    • Compatible with all GA-ASI GCS
    • C-5/C-17 transportable (or self-deploy)



    Source: http://www.ga-asi.com/predator-c-avenger
     
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    MQ-4C Triton

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    Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) over vast ocean and coastal regions.

    Based on the proven Global Hawk UAS, Triton’s autonomous operations are supported by land-based command and control mission planners and sensor operators. Triton will be equipped with a unique and robust mission sensor suite that provides 360-degree coverage on all sensors, providing unprecedented maritime domain awareness for the U.S. Navy.

    Triton also incorporates a reinforced airframe, for increased internal payload, and wing for hail, bird strike, and gust load protection, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These features allow the aircraft to descend and ascend through harsh maritime weather environments to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed.

    Built for the U.S. Navy, Triton will support a wide range of missions including maritime ISR patrol, signals intelligence, search and rescue and communications relay. The aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, at altitudes higher than 10 miles, with an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

    The US Navy’s program of record calls for 68 aircraft to be fielded.

    Supporting missions up to 24 hours, the high-altitude UAS is equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings at a radius of over 2,000 nautical miles. Triton builds on elements of the Global Hawk UAS while incorporating reinforcements to the airframe and wing, along with de-icing and lightning protection systems. These capabilities allow the aircraft to descend through cloud layers to gain a closer view of ships and other targets at sea when needed. The current sensor suite allows ships to be tracked over time by gathering information on their speed, location and classification. Built to support the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program, Triton will support a wide range of intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and search and rescue.



    Characteristics:
    • Wingspan : 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
    • Length : 47.6 ft (14.5 m)
    • Height : 15.4 ft (4.6 m)
    • Gross Take-off Weight : 32,250 lbs (14,628 kg)
    • Max. Internal Payload : 3,200 lbs (1,452 kg)
    • Max. External Payload : 2,400 lbs (1,089 kg)
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    • Payloads:
    Multi-Function Active Sensor Active Electronically Steered Array (MFAS AESA) radar
    – 2D AESA – Maritime and air-to-ground modes
    – Long-range detection and classification of targets

    MTS-B multi-spectral targeting system
    – Electro-optical/infrared
    – Auto-target tracking
    – High resolution at multiple field-of-views
    – Full motion video

    AN/ZLQ-1 Electronic Support Measures
    – All digital
    – Specific Emitter Identification

    Automatic Identification System
    – Provides information received from VHF broadcasts on maritime vessel movements


    Performance:

    Self Deploy : 8,200 nm (15,186 km)
    Max Altitude: 56,500 ft (17.22 km)
    Max Endurance: 24 hrs
    Max Airspeed: 331 knots True Air Speed (TAS)




    Features:

    • Provides persistent maritime ISR at a mission radius of 2,000 nm; 24 hours/7 days per week with 80% Effective Time on Station (ETOS)
    • Land-based air vehicle and sensor command and control
    • Afloat Level II payload sensor data via line-of-sight
    • Dual redundant flight controls and surfaces
    • 51,000-hour airframe life
    • Due regard radar for safe separation
    • Anti/de-ice, bird strike, and lightning protection
    • Communications bandwidth management
    • Commercial off-the-shelf open architecture mission control system
    • Net-ready interoperability solution


    Source: http://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/Triton/Pages/default.aspx
     
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    Thanks for this thread. I was really looking forward to your posts on this, a continuation of the other place.
     
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