Defence ministry announces ‘Drone Olympics’ to check out UAV market



In a bid to sample the market in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Centre is organising Aero India 2019, which is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from February 21 to 24. The event will feature a unique and unprecedented contest: the “Drone Olympics”, which will be held on the opening day. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday inaugurated the Drone Olympics website, which stated: “The Government of India is organising a ‘Drone Olympics’ under which various drone competitions shall be held and winners will be honoured with medals and cash prizes. Come forward and participate in the competition.”

From battlefield surveillance, photography, mapping terrain and delivering products to remotely fired missile strikes on high-value targets, drones are today one of the most sought-after gadgets in the field of defence. India’s military is buying and developing a range of drones. On the shopping list are 22 sophisticated, high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) Sea Guardian drones and smaller, manportable, shoulder-launched drones that foot soldiers can launch to observe the enemy across a hill or around a corner.

Meanwhile, the DRDO is building an indigenous, medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) drone called the Rustom II.

Source: IDRW

No comments