Bengaluru: The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) will shortly hand over Nishant, its first indigenously developed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), to the Indian Army. The confirmatory trials for Nishant are planned and it is ready for delivery, ADE Project Director G Srinivasa Murthy announced today at the Aero India 2009 Air Show, being held in Bengaluru from 11 to 15 February.
'Nishant' means 'a new dawn'. It is a tactical UAV that can be deployed in a local domain. ''This limited series production is specially prepared for the Indian Army as per their requirements,'' Murthy told the media.
Nishant has multi-mission day-night capability with advanced payloads, a jam-resistant command link and a digital downlink. It undertakes battlefield reconnaissance, surveillance, target tracking and localisation, and can help in correction of artillery fire. It has a flying time of 4 hours and 30 minutes, and a maximum speed of 185 kmph.
ADE is also building a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV named Rustom – after Rustom Damania, who conceptualised the idea. It will have a 300 km range with a 200 kg payload, and an endurance of over 24 hours. Rustom will be at flying stage in three years, Murthy said.
ADE has acquired over 4,000 acres of land in Karnataka's Chitradurg district to build a test range for UAVs, he said.