Indian Army’s Northern Command has issued a request for proposal (RFP) tender for purchasing miniature unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The move follows the increasing ceasefire violation along Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) line of control (LoC) and international border.
The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command is planning to purchase 49 NK Mini-UAVs.
In addition to specialised counter terrorist operations in J&K, the UAVs are expected to be used to collect intelligence and perform reconnaissance along LoC with Pakistan and Sino-India border in Lakdah.
The Press Trust of India has quoted Northern Command Headquarter’s Electric and Mechanical Engineers (EMA) Branch senior officer as saying that the bids are invited from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of defence procurement manual 2009 or permanent registered authorised distributors of OEM.
The UAVs should feature electronics sensors, a propulsion system, on-board camera, control mechanism, re-chargeable batteries, packing case and trans-receivers.
The aerial vehicles should also weigh below 10kg and have the capability to fly at the altitude of up to 1,000m from hand launch and safe landing without landing strip.
In addition, the UAV should have an auto pilot onboard with mission pre-programming capability for autonomous operations.
The army units deployed in Northern Command’s field of operations in J&K will use the 49 NK Mini-UAVs.
This year India has seen the highest ceasefire violations in past eight years with Pakistani troops violating border truce over 130 times along LoC in J&K, according to the news agency.
Image: A military mini unmanned aerial vehicle during its flight. Photo: public domain image.