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Unmanned Air Vehicles for IAF
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Issue Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date : 03 Jun , 2011

The Indian Air Force has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a small-sized Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTOL-UAV) to perform Intelligence, Search and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The battery or fuel-operated UAV should weigh less than 10kg (22lb).

VTOL-UAVEquipped with mission payloads including cameras, forward-looking infrared’ laser spotters and range-finders, the UAV is required to have an operational endurance of over an hour with the capability to hover and operate in urban environments.

The system is also required to have portable, lightweight ground stations and data-link terminals.

The RFI is for “a simple design such as a personal computer-based ground control station capable of handling the UAV telemetry information, mission display image processing, detection and transmission of information pertaining to all payloads.” It also calls for the “facility to integrate with other HQ/control stations” and a data-link range of “not less than 10km.”

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