Chandigarh Police purchases UAV
Chandigarh: Aiming at keeping a hawk`s eye
on criminals and those planning to disrupt peace, Chandigarh
Police have purchased an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, becoming the
first police force in the country to possess such machine.
"We have procured the UAV for the first four months on
trial basis. `Golden Hawk` will be with the city police by
mid-May... DRDO officials have already demonstrated the machine
at Sarangpur village on the city outskirts recently,"
Chandigarh IG PK Srivastava told reporters here on Wednesday.
UAVs, equipped with a high-power small camera to record
the activities on the ground, are mainly used by armies around
the world for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes.
The remote control-operated machine is attached to a
computer for keeping surveillance of a particular area. The
device, which generally weighs three kg, flies approximately
100 m from ground for about half-an-hour.
"`Golden Hawk` weighs 625 gm. Depending on its success,
bigger UAVs will be procured later on for surveillance
purposes," Srivastava, flanked by SSP Naunihal Singh and SP
(traffic) HS Doon, said.
"We are the first urban police force to have an UAV,"
he said, adding that the machine would be of huge help during
demonstrations and VVIPs visit.
`Golden Hawk`, having a speed of 10 to 15 m per second,
has an operational range of two km. It has an operational
altitude of 100 metres and can fly for 30 minutes, DRDO
scientist Harish Chandra said.
"It can down load images at night time as well. The
images captured by the camera are transmitted to the Ground
Control Room (GCR). After flying for half-and-hour, the
machine automatically returns to its base," he said.
However, the device cannot be used in stormy and rainy
conditions, he said.
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