Navy inducts 2 drones on lease from the U.S.
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The Indian Navy has inducted two MQ-9B Sea Guardian unarmed drones procured from the U.S. on lease.
- The recently released Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 has introduced an option for leasing military platforms.
- The Navy has been looking to induct more unmanned solutions, both aerial and underwater.
- As part of this, the requirement of additional P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has been cut down from 10 to six and was to be offset by procurement of long-endurance drones.
Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV)
- The Guardian, which is the maritime variant of the Predator MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), has a maximum endurance of 40 hours and a maximum flying altitude of 40,000 feet.
- It has a 3600 maritime surveillance radar and an optional multimode maritime surface search radar.
- An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone is an aircraft without a human pilot on board.
- UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two.
- The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers referred to as an autopilot.
- Compared to crewed aircraft, UAVs were originally used for missions too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for humans.
- While drones originated mostly in military applications, their use is rapidly finding many more applications including aerial photography, product deliveries, agriculture, policing and surveillance, infrastructure inspections, science, smuggling, and drone racing.