Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mini UAV Competitors for Indian Army Procurement

TAS Mini UAV on display at DefExpo 2014

The Indian Army plans to induct about 600 mini UAV systems comprising 1,400 to 1,600 UAVs with ISR and targeting data capabilities. The Army released a RFI against the requirement in the first quarter of 2011.

If you have access to IDP Sentinel you can read the QRs stipulated for the Mini UAVs here, and also peruse the full RFI.

Tata Advanced System (TAS) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are likely to emerge as top contenders for the contract.

TAS is a front runner having recently won a contract to supply Mini UAV'S to the Army's Northern Command. The company displayed its hand launched, field recovered mini UAV (above) at the DefExpo 2014.

IAI Mini Panther at Aero India 2011

IAI has been plugging its tilt rotor VTOL UAV, Mini Panther, at Aero India and DefExpo for years now.

The Mini Panther doesn't just take-off and land vertically, it does so automatically, reducing the likelihood of human error caused mishap. (The TAS UAV would suffer wear and tear during each field landing.)

The IAI UAV can carry a payload of 2-kg, has a operating range of 20-km, endurance of 2-hr and loiter speed of 40-k.

Mini-UAV Systems for Indian Army - IDP Sentinel