Tethered drone system

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    The Army has initiated the process to acquire three niche technologies to sharpen its combat edge, including 130 tethered drone systems for surveillance purposes for a long duration and 100 robotic mules for logistics requirements in far-flung border areas.

    About Tethered drone system 

    • It comprises drones that come with a ground-based tether station and can be used for surveillance of targets beyond the line of sight for a prolonged period. 
    • They can also be launched in an untethered mode for a certain duration to confirm inputs.
    • Features: Each tethered drone system will comprise two aerial vehicles with combined Electro-Optic/Infrared Payloads, one remote video terminal and generator set, one battery charger, one spare battery per drone, and a modular carrying case for the system. 
      • The systems are required to have a minimum of 60 percent indigenous content and will be procured under the ‘Buy India’ category.
    • Benefits: these drones will have an advantage over others in the Army’s Inventory due to an enhanced surveillance capability over an extended period of time. 
      • “Longer flight duration for constant surveillance, even for targets beyond the line of sight, with little risk of getting jammed will aid the troops on ground by arming them with the correct intel and target acquisition,

    Do you Know?

    • The Army has also issued a request for proposal (RFP) to procure 48 jet pack suits under emergency procurement through the fast track procedure (FTP) under the buy Indian category.
      • The jet pack suit is a device that propels the wearer through the air. The device uses gas or liquid to propel the user to fly.
    • The Army has also started the process to 100 ‘Robotic Mule’ along with associated accessories. 
    • In the last one year, the Army has initiated the process of acquiring a range of indigenous drones for surveillance purposes along with counter-drone systems to act against enemy drones. 
      • This includes Switch drones, swarm drones, high-altitude logistics drones, mini remotely piloted aircraft and remotely piloted aerial vehicles, surveillance copters, Heron medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), loitering munitions, runway-independent RPAS, among around 2,000 drones.

    Source:IE