In a significant stride towards bolstering its intelligence and surveillance capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army has taken further steps by entering contracts with local manufacturers for the procurement of tethered drone systems and tank driving simulators.
The Indian Army officially announced this development on social media, confirming the signing of contracts for the acquisition of 130 tethered drones and 19 tank-driving simulators. Emphasizing the benefits of these acquisitions, the Indian Army noted that the introduction of these new assets will substantially elevate the overall operational readiness of its forces.
Sources reveal that the contract for the tethered drone system, which is designed for long-distance surveillance and intelligence gathering along the country’s borders, has been awarded to the indigenous firm NewSpace Research Technologies Private Ltd. Furthermore, the contract for the tank-driving simulators was inked with Zen Technologies Limited, a company known for its role in the simulation and training domain. This contract also involves aspects of skill development, contributing to the growth of local expertise in these critical areas.
The tethered drone systems being procured are designed to fly for extended periods, with a requirement for them to operate for at least six hours in tethered mode and around 45 minutes in un-tethered mode. Tethered drones are connected to a ground-based system via a flexible wire or cable that provides power and communications, enabling surveillance of targets beyond the line of sight. These systems are particularly well-suited for missions requiring prolonged border control and security overwatch.
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