Wednesday, July 7, 2010

India Develops Mini Drone

Jul 7
NEW DELHI — India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) has developed a UAV weighing less than 1.5 kg. (3.3 lb.) dubbed “Netra,” according to a local press report.

The UAV is the result of a collaboration between ideaForge, a company formed by alumni from the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai and DRDO’s Pune-based lab, the Research and Development Establishment. The UAV is designed for anti-terrorist and counterinsurgency operations and is expected to be inducted into the army by December.

The drone was exhibited at DefExpo this year. “Shaped like a spider ... it can give real-time inputs to the team that is controlling it on the ground,” according to a statement.

“Netra has a camera weighing 300 grams, has a quick deployment time and vertical takeoff and landing ability,” ideaForge Director Rahul Singh said last year.
- Neelam Mathews

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