India's Current & Future UAVs & UCAVs

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Agency: SERB
Title: Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation Fellowship for VTOL Technology Commercialization: 2018-2021: In-progress
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Agency: Department of Science & Technology
Title: Design and Development of an Autonomous Mini Helicopter: 2018-2020: In-progress
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Title: Study of Guided Projectiles: 2020-22: In-progress

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Agency: Initiation grant, IIT Kanpur
Title of the project: Ananlysis and Testing of Hover Capable Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs): 2011-2013: Completed

Agency: AR&DB
Title: Inverse Simulation for prediction of helicopter blade loads in an unsteady manoeuvre: 2012-2015: Completed

Agency: Defence R & D Organization
Title: Design and development of a Micro Air Vehicle with Hovering capability: 2011-2013: Completed
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Agency: IIT Kanpur - Prabhu Goel Foundation
Title of the project: Design and Fabrication of Autonomous Flapping Wing Unmanned Air Vehicle for Surveillance and Aerial Photography: 2014-2015: Completed
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Agency: Prabhu Goel Foundation
Title of the project: Design and Development of an IC Engine Powered Autonomous Quadrotor: 2015-2016: Completed
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Agency: Department of Science & Technology
Title: Design and Development of an Autonomous Mini Helicopter: 2014-2018
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Agency: IIT Kanpur through TEQIP
Title of the project: Design, Development and Field Testing of 1kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine at BTKIT Dwarahat: 2015-2016: Completed
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Agency: CAIR DRDO
Title: Collaborative Marsupial Flying Robots for Advanced Indoor Outdoor Perception: 2017-2019: Completed
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Agency: Design and Innovation Centre IIT Kanpur
Title of the project: Design and Development of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Dynamic Blade Pitching: 2016-2018: Completed
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Agency: AR&DB
Title of the project: Aeroelastic Analysis of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Dynamic Blade Pitching: 2016-2019: Completed
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Agency: OFB
Title of the project: Feasibility Study And Preparation of Dpr: 2019-2020: Completed
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Agency: MHI, Japan
Title of the project: Design & Investigation Of A Fail-Safe System For Drone Positioning & Posture Estimation: 2020-2021: In-progress
Participation: Co-investigator

Agency: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Title of the project: Development of Autonomous Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV) in 10 kg Weight Class: 2017-2021: In-progress
Participation: Investigator

Agency: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Title of the project: Development of Autonomous Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV) in 10 kg Weight Class: 2014-2017
Participation: Co-Investigator

Agency: ADE
Title of the project:System identification and math model development for Naval Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (NRUAV) : 2017-2020: In-progress
Participation: Investigator


Agency: CHESS
Title of the project: Development of Unmanned Aerial Target for Laser Lethality Study: 2017-2018: Completed
Participation: Co-Investigator

Agency: ADE
Title of the project: Comprehensive Advanced Rotorcraft Modeling and Analysis for Control Law Development for the Rotary UAV: 2016-2018: Completed

Agency: Weather Risk
Title: Agricultural Survey Using UAVs in Kanpur: Completed
 

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India eyes acquisition of Predator-B drones from US
In the wake of multiple prolonged stand-offs with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh, India has conveyed to the US its renewed interest in the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) armed Predator-B drone, which not only collects intelligence through surveillance and reconnaissance but also locates and destroys the target with missiles or laser-guided bombs.

While India is operating Israeli Heron unarmed drones in eastern Ladakh, the acquisition of an armed drone has acquired urgency with China not only using Wing Loong II armed drone but also in the process of supplying two systems (one system has two drones and a ground station) to Pakistan, ostensibly to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the PLA Navy’s new base at Gwadar in the highly restive Balochistan province. Pakistan is also tying up with China to jointly produce 48 armed drones for use by the Pakistan Air Force. The GJ-2, military version of Wing Loong II, is said to be armed with 12 air-to-surface missiles and is currently being used in the Libyan civil war with limited success.

Although the US has offered to sell 30 Sea Guardian (unarmed naval variant, or UAV, of the Predator-B made by General Atomics) for over $4 billion, national security planners feel that due to the prohibitive cost of the UAV it would be better to have an all-in-one drone rather than separate ones for surveillance and targeting. Even though the Indian Navy is playing a lead role in negotiations with the US, the Indian Army is all in favour of the Predator-B. Also called the MQ-9 Reaper, the armed drone is battle-proven in the Iraq, Afghanistan and Syrian theatres with the capability of carrying four Hell-Fire missiles and two 500 pounds of laser-guided bombs.


While the US is willing to support India’s high-tech weapon requirements, it is wary of supplying the Predator-B drone for fear of leakage of the technology to Russia, New Delhi’s other hardware supplier. As it is, Washington is unhappy with India purchasing the S-400 missile system from Russia as it fears that the surface-to-air missile system may acquire signatures of US aerial platforms with India and convey them to Moscow. China has already acquired the S-400 system from Russia and currently deployed it across Arunachal Pradesh.

Even though Indian private sector companies based in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, are now in the process of developing MALE drones for India, the capacity to acquire armed drones is some distance away. A number of experiments done in Ladakh have not been entirely successful with the drone being lost in high-velocity winds on the Tibetan plateau. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has plans to produce the MALE Rustom drone prototype by the end of this year.
 

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India eyes acquisition of Predator-B drones from US
In the wake of multiple prolonged stand-offs with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh, India has conveyed to the US its renewed interest in the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) armed Predator-B drone, which not only collects intelligence through surveillance and reconnaissance but also locates and destroys the target with missiles or laser-guided bombs.

While India is operating Israeli Heron unarmed drones in eastern Ladakh, the acquisition of an armed drone has acquired urgency with China not only using Wing Loong II armed drone but also in the process of supplying two systems (one system has two drones and a ground station) to Pakistan, ostensibly to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the PLA Navy’s new base at Gwadar in the highly restive Balochistan province. Pakistan is also tying up with China to jointly produce 48 armed drones for use by the Pakistan Air Force. The GJ-2, military version of Wing Loong II, is said to be armed with 12 air-to-surface missiles and is currently being used in the Libyan civil war with limited success.

Although the US has offered to sell 30 Sea Guardian (unarmed naval variant, or UAV, of the Predator-B made by General Atomics) for over $4 billion, national security planners feel that due to the prohibitive cost of the UAV it would be better to have an all-in-one drone rather than separate ones for surveillance and targeting. Even though the Indian Navy is playing a lead role in negotiations with the US, the Indian Army is all in favour of the Predator-B. Also called the MQ-9 Reaper, the armed drone is battle-proven in the Iraq, Afghanistan and Syrian theatres with the capability of carrying four Hell-Fire missiles and two 500 pounds of laser-guided bombs.


While the US is willing to support India’s high-tech weapon requirements, it is wary of supplying the Predator-B drone for fear of leakage of the technology to Russia, New Delhi’s other hardware supplier. As it is, Washington is unhappy with India purchasing the S-400 missile system from Russia as it fears that the surface-to-air missile system may acquire signatures of US aerial platforms with India and convey them to Moscow. China has already acquired the S-400 system from Russia and currently deployed it across Arunachal Pradesh.

Even though Indian private sector companies based in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, are now in the process of developing MALE drones for India, the capacity to acquire armed drones is some distance away. A number of experiments done in Ladakh have not been entirely successful with the drone being lost in high-velocity winds on the Tibetan plateau. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has plans to produce the MALE Rustom drone prototype by the end of this year.
So are we getting armed drones or only surveillance drones??
 

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As of now we are getting only Mariner version which is a surveillance drone. But planners do want a armed version instead of two different role drones.
And where are rustom 2 / tapas . Shouldn't they be adequate for surveillance??
 

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And where are rustom 2 / tapas . Shouldn't they be adequate for surveillance??
They would be only when they start flying. As of now the project is going no where with its flight trial.
 

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They would be only when they start flying. As of now the project is going no where with its flight trial.
Weren't there were 6-7 prototypes of rustom? One crashed but othersust be flying !!
 

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As of now, NO. The engine configuration itself is in question.
There was a discussion going on regarding the current design, how it was not a optimal one and a change is required. I think some ADE scientist presented a paper about the same in Aero India. But the same design is still in testing. Any large industrial house should be able to design the UAV easily for the current GSQR but none are coming forward? So situation is hopeless.
 

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LAKSHYA is a PTA not a UAV..

Its Application cannot be used as a UAV yet..

But Target carrier and itself a Target Drone..
It seems that UCAV variant of Lakshya has been developed & tested also. There was a report on DFI only. Will try to search for it
 

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In time of war...
Ye khareedenge.....wo khareedenge...
It should be stopped..... though we don't have money ,but files of indigenous products should be cleared fast........
 

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In time of war...
Ye khareedenge.....wo khareedenge...
It should be stopped..... though we don't have money ,but files of indigenous products should be cleared fast........
Posted in wrong thread
Mods please delete
 

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Any idea about the company he is talking about?
Maybe something from the stables of Adani Elbit UAV Complex. I guess IdeaForge is upto something and we can see something big from them. A very promising startup.
 

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Maybe something from the stables of Adani Elbit UAV Complex
I have asked for a source hopefully he will reply. Is Adani Uav factory present in Noida? I Googled, I did not get any other names either.
 

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I have asked for a source hopefully he will reply. Is Adani Uav factory present in Noida? I Googled, I did not get any other names either.
Well IdeaForge is yet another company which is an MoD approved supplier of UAVs.
 

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