DRDO Launches Micro UAVs Project

By admin • August 25th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have launched an ambitious joint National Programme for Micro Air Vehicles (NP-MICAV). The rising demand of micro air vehicles and its global potential has led India to focusing on this crucial area and maximise its expertise.

According to DRDO officials, an estimated $21.5 million will be spent on this programme involving the creation of micro air vehicles in two phases. The MAV program’s first phase will be completed in three years and the second phase, which will focus on futuristic technologies, will take up the last two years. All in all, the NP-MICAV programme will meet its deadline of five years since a host of agencies, schools and scientists with enough expertise will be involved.

The DRDO along with DST will initiate over eighty projects to tap the emerging MAV field. Apparently, the breakup of the $21.5 million will be in terms of product development (40 per cent), research (18 per cent), emerging technologies (17 per cent), design and test facilities (8 per cent), training (6 per cent), futuristic technologies (8 per cent), foreign collaboration (2 per cent) and administrative support (1 per cent).

The major aim of the NP-MICAV programme is to put India up to the mark with global standards in this area of technology. The National Design and Research Forum [NDRF] will play the main role in the development. The emerging technology from the NP-MICAV will be useful for the paramilitary forces as well as non-military users. This project will also help in the evolution of activities regarding nano and micro air vehicles being carried out by the Special Interest Group on Micro Air Vehicles under the Aeronautics Research and Development Board.

Source: India Defence Online

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