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Kadet Defence Systems: First Indian company to provide Aerial targets

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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    8 facts about the aerial targets

    In March 2008, during the joint military exercise, Operation Brazen Chariots, in Rajasthan's Pokhran desert, radar-guided OSA-AK mid-range missiles blasted a Javelin 100NG aerial target into smithereens.

    That was a moment of validation for Avdesh Khaitan. The targets performed just fine and two years later, Khaitan's Kadet Defence Systems became the first Indian company to win a defence ministry contract for aerial targets.

    8 cool things about the aerial targets:

    Niche area within defence sector

    Aerial targets are a niche area within the large defence sector.

    To provide high-quality training for fighter pilots and anti-aircraft gunners and to test the effectiveness of radar and missile systems, the armed forces need aerial targets that can simulate incoming aircraft, missiles or remotely piloted vehicles.

    Speeds close to real missiles

    In order to closely simulate battle scenarios, these targets should be able to achieve speeds close to that of real missiles or fighter jets and should also be able to simulate jamming and evasive capabilities of such systems.

    JX2 unmanned aerial target

    Khaitan's company delivered the first batch of its JX2 (propellor-based) unmanned aerial targets in December last year.

    These can achieve speeds up to 0.2 Mach. Kadet's JX3 is a jet turbine powered UAV and can touch 0.5 Mach.

    Simulates enemy's aircraft

    He sources engines from Germany and builds the systems in his Kolkata factory. The expendable systems are cost effective, starting at Rs 1 lakh per unit for the JX2.

    "The important thing for aerial targets is to be able to simulate enemy aircraft, incoming missiles or remotely operated vehicles. Kadet's systems are effective and the users seem to be happy with them. It is used to provide real-time training to our gunners. Otherwise such training is difficult and expensive," said Brigadier (retd) Arun Sahgal, director at the Forum for Strategic Initiative.

    500 aerial targets in three years

    "The Air Force and Navy have announced plans to buy more than 500 aerial targets in the next three years. We are the only Indian company that has already supplied to the military and our products have been found to be reliable and cost-effective. So we have some basis to expect that we can win more business and grow rapidly," Khaitan said.

    Earlier India imported such targets

    India imported such targets and limited budgets used to mean limited training. Now, as the applications of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are growing exponentially in the defence and aerospace sector, Khaitan is trying to build on his early success.

    Khaitan's ambitious plans

    With aerial target orders worth several hundred crores in the pipeline for India's armed forces, Khaitan has ambitious plans for his small firm.

    Avdesh Khaitan, abandoned his law practice with a family-owned firm the previous year to pursue his childhood hobby of aeromodelling.

    If the targets made by his fledgling company hadn't performed well at the tests, his plan to build a business out of his childhood interest would have crashed in the desert.

    Khaitan's ambitious plans - Kadet Defence Systems: First Indian company to provide defence ministry aerial targets | The Economic Times
     
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    Company that's known for it's quality fans is now into defence industry. :cheers:
     
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