Thursday, July 08, 2010

IAF Announces Micro Air Vehicle Requirement


The Indian Air Force has invited information from global vendors towards a potential purchase of (an unspecified number of) micro air vehicles (MAVs). According to the RFI, the MAV needs to weigh no more than 2-kgs with an endurance of anything over 30-minutes. The IAF has stipulated that the MAV needs to be a VTOL type, with payload requirements including day CCD camera and FLIR. Note: The Army is looking to induct the indigenous DRDO-ideaForge Netra MAV (see photo), made famous by the film 3 Idiots. Also, Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk was recently demonstrated to Indian forces in the forests of Bastar, Chattisgarh for potential use in anti-naxal operations. India's NAL is known to be developing a series of MAVS, but none are known to be VTOL platforms.

7 comments:

NJS said...

UAV's Garden - India

Rahul said...

The Indian Air Force has invited information from global vendors towards a potential purchase of (an unspecified number of) micro air vehicles (MAVs).

Does it mean no local vendor?

Abhid-d said...

I agree with Rahul. If Army is satisfied with NETRA, why is the need to float a global tender ? Kickbacks ?

Anonymous said...

Why can't we build it ourselves, man!!
- We can send probe to the Moon!
- Build LCA
- Build LCA Navy
- Build ALH
- Build LCH
Why can't we build microlight air crafts, training air crafts and miniature UAVs?!!!

If MOD opens the door to private industries, I am sure they can do, if not bettter, similar job as foreign vendors!!!

Anonymous said...

I cant believe we cant build this locally.

I think Indian military purchases are keeping the world out of recession.

RAT said...

THE ONLY REASON THAT IAF IS DOING SO IS BACAUSE WE ARE RACING AGAINST TIME WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MAV FOR KEEPING EYE ON THE ENEMY ESPECIALLY THE TERRORISTS WHICH IS LIKE A CANCER THE SOONER WE DETECT IT THE BETTER BUILDING IT WILL TAKE TIME AND ALSO WHAT IS A LIFE PERIOD OF A MAV. WE I LIKE THE ONE WHICH SAYS THAT THE IAF IS TRYING TO BAIL OUT THE WORLD OF RECESSION BUT IT WILL REQUIRE A ORDER OF ALMOST 1 LAKH MAV'S AND ANY CRAZY COUNTRY WILL DO SO THE ORDER IS JUST TO BUY TIME

Rajesh said...

Taken out straight from some old Bond movie. It is going to be extra useful for special operations.

The indigenous research and products must be given level grounds with imports or at least they may be given suitable share of orders.