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DRDO UAVs to be Deployed for Anti-Naxal Operations

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), will soon be flying over central India to keep a tab on Maoist activity.

Published: 08th February 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2014 01:30 AM   |  A+A-

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), will soon be flying over central India to keep a tab on Maoist activity.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is offering its new UAV to the paramilitary and central police forces.

“We are planning to conduct a demonstration of the Nishant UAV from Jagdalpur in March and April. They have roughly indicated the requirement of 16 birds to start with,” DRDO chief Avinash Chander told a press conference at the DefExpo-2014 here.

“We have been working with the CRPF to freeze the configuration required for operation in the area,” he said.

The CRPF is deployed in large numbers in counter-insurgency operations in the Naxal-affected states, including Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.  The police force uses the UAVs of the IAF in anti-Naxal operations.

However, the present lot of UAVs are of limited capability, as they are unable to carry out surveillance tasks that requires the penetration of foliage in forest areas of central India.

“No technology is currently available to penetrate the dense foliage of the Indian tropical forests. We are working on lower frequency radars that will be able to penetrate foliage. Within a couple of years we will have a solution,” Chander said.



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