Carrier capable Indian UAV

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  1. bhramos

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    Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Trial Balloons?

    For the very first time, a high ranking Indian official makes mentions of this project in public.

    Dr. VK Saraswat, Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation [DRDO], who is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to India's Defence Minister, delivered the inaugural talk at the Aero India 2013 Seminar, organised as part of the biennial air show. During his talk, he mentioned, in passing, an "Unmanned Carrier System" [UCS]. Since the focus of his talk was Aeronautics, one can safely infer that he was referring to an unmanned aircraft capable of operating from an Aircraft Carrier.(Aldrich)

    The manner in which he mentions it, leads one to conclude that the programme, as of today. is in the most nebulous stages of conception, one that has been initiated as an in-house venture, possibly just completed an 'internal feasibility study'. Some way away from reaching the Government, seeking approval to pursue development officially.

    Nevertheless, the mere prospect of such a project being undertaken in India is a huge & exciting development, especially given the present status of the manned aircraft programmes. Considering the long lead time a project of such magnitude would entail & gestation period for the required technologies to mature, a present date for its initiation would make great sense. Given that he mentioned it in the same breath as India's second fifth generation fighter programme, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft [AMCA], one has to assume this Carrier-capable UAV too would be weaponised, an Indian equivalent of the X-47 UCAV - a major leapfrog in technology, in keeping with trends as envisaged for the future of warfare.

    An interesting talk, he delivered at the seminar, where he broached on the numerous technologies that need to be developed and manufacturing processes that need to be acquired to fulfil requirements of India's military programme. Two that stand out most prominently are 'optical interconnect', also referred to as 'Fly-By-Light' in Aeronautics as well as artificial 'neural networking'. Basically, beyond 'fifth generation'.

    Unlike his previous gung-ho demeanour, this time around he has been more guarded, recognising shortfalls

    indigenisation & production assurances. His case for asking the private sector industries to make capital-intensive investment, to get into defence production, however, is not helped by the predicament faced by those that have done, only to find no government contracts coming their way. One has no hesitation in stating that there is a clear conflict of interest when the government has to allocate work, choosing either between a privately-owned company or one that it itself owns.

    Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Trial Balloons? - AA Me, IN

    DRDO have big wey dreams.....
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    [video=youtube_share;bSfMnKeOJEw]http://youtu.be/bSfMnKeOJEw[/video]
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    what is the use of your wet dreams which could not Fulfill your Armed Forces needs,
    even if you achieve Army would not buy them as they are not International standards like F-Insas guns, Abhay IFCV....., and some projects are forced to buy our Armed Forces by politicians...
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    Even if so, I will support DRDO, as self-reliance is the key, and DRDO represents us. Today or tomorrow we'll be denied to sale of such high-tech weapon systems and we should start to develop our own before it gets too late. And I think DRDO is gradually getting the pace in its projects.
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    Can anyone guess the image in my mind reading the thread title? UAVs lofted by balloons...from aircraft carriers.
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    This?

    [​IMG]

     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    Did IAF accept Northrop Grumman's LEMV?
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    I think the LEMV was presented to the Home Ministry for use as border surveillance.:confused:
     
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    Re: Unmanned, Aircraft Carrier-borne Indian Aircraft! - Floating Ballo

    Nada .. you say what :)


    Something like that?
    [​IMG]
     
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    Probably not. This looks strung
     
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    Btw, One can launch Nishant or Searcher 1 UAV from Sky jump carrier, If its software is modified for Carrier borne landing and takeoff..
     
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    the best idea would be...
    normal takeoff from carrier... and parachute landing....

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