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Problems for Indian UAV Production Plans

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Bottlenecks In Developing Arms

(Source: India Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 2, 2014)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed Unmanned Airborne Reconnaissance Vehicle, Nishant with imagery payload, which has already undergone Limited Series Production (LSP). Another Unmanned Airborne Reconnaissance Vehicle, Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Rustom-I has also been developed by DRDO and being evaluated by the user. It has gimballed payload for imagery reconnaissance and target tracking capability in day and night.

DRDO has again undertaken a project to develop its advanced version as Rustom-II with Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Communication Intelligence (COMINT), Medium and Long Range Electro-optic Payloads and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

Major bottlenecks were identification of Production Agency cum Development Partner and getting environmental Clearance for Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) for testing of developed vehicles.After the trials of the Sensor payloads on unmanned platform with proven performance, indigenous production of the System is likely to commence in 2016.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Renuka Chowdhury in Rajya Sabha today.