MHA tells CRPF to opt for global tenders too on UAV

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  1. cloud_9

    cloud_9 Regular Member

    Sep 18, 2012
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    Union Home Ministry has advised the CRPF to buy the best available unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through global tendering instead of solely relying on public sector major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) for procurement of the spying machines that are being used in anti-Naxal operations in the affected States.

    At a review meeting of the CRPF recently, Union Home Secretary RK Singh stressed on the need to have a UAV plan and emphasized that “by having our own UAVs, we will be able to reduce dependency on NTRO/Indian Air Force.”

    “CRPF should carry out the evaluation considering all relevant factors such as resolution, ceiling, payload, flight time, night vision, functionality, projectile requirement and also the topography of the area in which thee UAVs are likely to be deployed,” Singh told the top brass of the paramilitary.
    Singh agreed to a CRPF proposal seeking authorization-cum-provision sanction for procurement of 10 mini UAVs besides expenditure sanction for purchase of two Skylark mini UAVs.
    On a CRPF proposal to wet lease two Dauphin SA 365N helicopters from public sector undertaking Pawan Hans, the Home Secretary directed the Naxal Management division of the ministry to put up the case for approval. Singh also told the paramilitary officials that two helicopters are being provided to the Union Home Ministry by the Air Force and the same can be made available to the CRPF.

    Singh also directed the police modernization division to put up the case for grant of sanction for authorization and expenditure for procurement of about 1300 motorcycles for elite anti-Naxal CoBRA B attalions besides an additional 760 vehicles for the intelligence set up of the CRPF.
    Union Home Ministry is also examining a proposal for procurement of about 500 hand-held satellite phones, 800 GPS-enabled personal tracker kits and 83 laptops for remaining Deputy Inspectors General. Singh also told the CRPF brass that the proposal for extending the eligibility for award of police (Antrik Suraksha Seva) Padak is being expeditiously processed by the Ministry.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012
  3. sanjaysvaze

    sanjaysvaze New Member

    Apr 23, 2013
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    It is a wasteful expenditure on majorly two accounts. Firstly, the CRPF and the state Police agencies do not have the required manpower with Aviation/ technical background to maintain and operate the UAVs. Secondly they are eyeing for very small UAV systems with limitations of endurance, range and even the weather. Within limited endurance of 30-45 minutes offered by mini UAVs / hand launched UAVs, the time over the target for surveillance is merely 10 minutes (if they already know the target location). If realtime imagery is required for a prolonged duration to support the mission of the ground troops, these mini UAVs are of simply no use as the ground operations extend to many hours of fighting plus the rescue missions. Whenever the force like the CRP needs real time imagery, they will need aerial surveillance system of high endurance and all weather operations. The worst fears of Air Traffic management and airworthiness of these UAVs are not even thought of by Civil Aviation Ministry. The ministry of civil aviation and the MHA together, need to look into all these aspects before spending the resources.
    The MHA should call for private companies participation towards there need.
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