Given the projected requirement coupled with recently issued tenders for acquisition of various types of UAVs, Directorate General of Artillery, Indian Army and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized an Interaction on Incubation of UAV Technology in India on 5 July 2016 at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Modern day conflicts will be fought in a complex land/air environment based on cutting edge technology. UAVs due to their versatility, ability to fly long ranges, long endurance and multi-payload capability would play a major role in achieving success in such operations. It also helps to minimizing the human loss.

India needs to develop, maintain and continuously fine-tune it’s surveillance and reconnaissance assets. There is a dire requirement of UAVs at the tactical level which needs to be provided as force multiplier at the ground level for undertaking missions with accurate intelligence. India’s present strength of UAVs is meager and there is an urgent need for greater quantities to meet battlefield requirements for the future and border surveillance. Acknowledging it’s force multiplier role, UAVs will play a big role in the present and emerging Network Centric Warfare scenario other internal security threats. Considering Indian Army will invest heavily in procurement of UAVs, it offers a huge opportunity to the Indian Industry.

There is an urgent need to acquire/develop the State of Art technology in following areas:

Aerial vehicles in various categories including in Short Range, MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) and HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance).

  • Development of sensors including optical, radar and communication sensors
  • Integration of satellite technology for enhanced ranges
  • Development of munitions for target engagement by UAVs
  • Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles