Flight Demonstration of Micro & Mini Air Vehicles by ADE and NAL
Aeronautical Development Establishment, a premier Laboratory under the aegis of DRDO has conducted flight trials of Micro and Mini Air Vehicles at Hoskote, near Bangalore. The flight demonstrations were witnessed by Dr. Subhananda Rao, Distinguished Scientist, Chief Controller, R& D (Aero) and Shri P S Krishnan, Distinguished Scientist, Director ADE. These products are developed jointly by ADE and NAL and supported by private vendors. These vehicles are designed and developed to meet many requirements including countering the Low Intensity Conflicts, counter terrorism and for rescue operations during natural calamities.
Two mini UAVs called Imperial Eagle and Sly Bird which are categorized under 2 Kg class vehicles and having an endurance of 1 hour were also demonstrated and these vehicles carry either a daylight camera or thermal, night vision camera (one at a time) as payload and thus has the capability for both day and night surveillance. These vehicles are hand launched and recovered through soft landing from Sea level to 14000 Feet and have a service ceiling altitude of 15000 feet. They fly at an altitude of 1 Km above ground level.
The USP of these projects is the involvement of pvt. Industry from the development phase itself. The Autopilots developed indigenously by M/s Idea Forge. Mumbai, have been integrated with both mini and Micro Air vehicles. They also took the responsibility of integrating the gimbal mounted thermal camera. M/s Aurora Integrated Systems was also associated in the development of Auto pilot and production of MAVs. They also integrated their auto pilot with ADE’s data link and single axis tracker developed by M/s Badave Engineers, Pune. M/s Seagul Technologies, Bangalore was involved in the fabrication of carbon composites based airframes.
Shri VS Chandra Shekar, Programme Director, National Programme on Micro Air vehicles (NP-MICAV) said that a number of activities/ projects have been initiated under this programme across various R & D labs and the academic institutions.
Director, ADE appreciated the good work carried out by the team and said that the technology development and the theoretical support to prove the systems are very essential and requested the teams to carry out further improvements in a systematic way. In his concluding remarks CC R&D Dr Subhananda Rao expressed his happiness about the type of work going on within the country and urged the entire team both from Govt. organizations and Pvt. Industry to work in unison to bring out world class products to meet the country’s needs and also to build cost effective systems on time.