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DRDO, Defense Technologies, Counter-Drone Systems, High-Endurance UAVs

by Nita Mishra

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has unveiled a robust counter-drone system, marking a significant leap in aerial defense capabilities. This advanced system covers the entire spectrum of drone threats, offering detection, identification, and neutralization capabilities.

Key Features:

  • Versatility: Capable of countering a wide array of drones, including the elusive micro drones.
  • Collaboration: The technology has been handed over to private giants like BEL, L&T, and Icom for large-scale production, boosting the nation’s defense infrastructure.

UAV Marvels: Advancements Soaring High

Simultaneously, DRDO is pushing the envelope in the development of high-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), with two remarkable projects taking the spotlight.

1. Tapas MALE UAV: Eyes in the Sky

The Tapas Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV, tailored for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) applications, is undergoing advanced developmental trials. A noteworthy achievement is the integration of a Lithium Ion-based battery with an indigenous battery management system, a collaboration between DRDO and a private vendor.

2. Archer UAV: The Silent Guardian

On the short-range front, DRDO is in the developmental flight trials of the Archer UAV. This armed drone is designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and low-intensity conflict scenarios, showcasing DRDO’s commitment to bolstering defense capabilities across diverse scenarios.

Demystifying DRDO: The Powerhouse of Indian Defense Tech

Genesis and Mission: Established in 1958 by amalgamating existing establishments from the Indian Army and Directorate of Technical Development & Production, DRDO stands as the formidable research and development arm of the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India. With a visionary mission to achieve self-reliance in critical defense technologies, DRDO operates on the core principle of “Balasya Mulam Vigyanam” (Science is the source of strength).

Pinnacle Contributions: DRDO’s legacy boasts the development of strategic systems and platforms such as the Agni and Prithvi series of missiles, Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), Pinaka (Multi-barrel Rocket Launcher), Akash (Air Defence System), as well as cutting-edge radars and electronic warfare systems.

As DRDO continues to shape the future of Indian defense, these recent breakthroughs affirm its unwavering commitment to innovation and self-reliance, propelling India to new heights in the global defense arena.

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