India, China not to use UAVs at friction points 

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The Chinese and Indian armies have agreed to not use unmanned aerial vehicles at the friction points in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), other than for mutually agreed “short time periods 


Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can either be controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or following a pre-programmed mission. Drones basically fall into two categories: those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.   

UAVs typically fall into one of six functional categories (although multi-role airframe platforms are becoming more prevalent): 

  • Target and decoy – providing ground and aerial gunnery a target that simulates an enemy aircraft or missile 
  • Reconnaissance – providing battlefield intelligence 
  • Combat – providing attack capability for high-risk missions (see Unmanned combat air vehicle) 
  • Logistics – UAVs specifically designed for cargo and logistics operation 
  • Research and development – used to further develop UAV technologies to be integrated into field deployed UAV aircraft 
  • Civil and Commercial UAVs – UAVs specifically designed for civil and commercial applications 

UAV of India 


Nishant is a multi mission Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Day/Night capability used for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, target tracking & localization, and artillery fire correction.  


Rustom (Warrior) is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation. 

UAV Panchi  

It is the wheeled version of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant, capable of taking-off and landing by using small airstrips. Panchi UAV has autonomous flight capabilities and is controlled from a user friendly Ground Control Station (GCS).  


AURA is stealth UCAV, capable of releasing missiles, bombs and precision-guided munitions. 

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