UAV commando carriers for anti-terror ops on government menu

Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 19:06

New Delhi: Government is looking to
procure helicopter-shaped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to airdrop
small commandos units for launching special operations to
counter terrorism and naxal menace with added swiftness and
stealth.

The UAVs till now were used by various security forces
to gather intelligence and conduct reconaissance missions in
unfriendly terrian but commandos onboard is a maiden
initiative.

The Qualitative Requirements (QRs) for the rotary wing
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) floated by the Home Ministry
specify that the air borne machine should be able to "deploy
two to three men team" at a short notice.

Experts handling the technology in the Home Ministry
said that such UAVs have recently been used by the NATO forces
in Afghanistan and it can carry men by replacing the
equivalent weight of the payload that the UAV is stipulated to
bear.

Such operations, by deploying a crack commando team
on-board the UAVs, can be undertaken in case of a terror
attack in urban areas and even naxal zones, sources said.

The Draft QR specifically states that the "UAV should
be capable of rapid deployment with a detachment not exceeding
two to three men and should have all weather day and night
operations capability", an essential requirement for such
machines to perform in the tough and unknown terrains.

"The system (UAV) must be able to detect and acquire
the designated targets. The sensor packages must provide a
high quality imagery resolution to permit target detection,
recognition, identification and accurate location of targets,
move of personnel and vehicles.

"The UAV must be capable of being deployed and
operated in built up areas and narrow lanes during
counter-terrorist and counter-hijack operations," the QR said.

The new desired UAVs for the security forces including
the elite NSG, will also have the capacity to record data upto
80 Gega Bytes (GB).

The security forces, according to sources, have asked
for an "intelligent" UAV which can change its pre-fed
programming and go into a "loiter" mode in the operations
area to suit the need of the operation.

The UAV should also be capable "of providing real time
high quality video with full flight telemetry and capable of
tackling ground targets, both static and mobile".

The UAV is desired to cruise at a speed of 30 knots
and above with hovering and hanging facilities in the air and
the sensors deployed on it should pick up the target at 400
metres. It should also be airborne for about six hours, the QR
floated after consultations with various security agencies
said.

Sources said the desired UAV should have a platform to
enable simulation exercises for troops prior to an operation
and should have all facilities of maintenance and product
support.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 19:06

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