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36 Comments on "India’s UCAV To Fly In 2015, Says DRDO. High Hopes?"

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4 years 1 month ago

Hi Shiv,

Would this not mean, that, the indigenous defence satcom network for such a system needs to be already in place? Any update on this front? Or is this already ready and deployed?

But, yes, it will be truly unbelievable if they really deploy this system in the said time-line.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

I have a free advice for drdo. Complete the tejas mk1 first. Which is still dont have foc.

ravi
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ravi
4 years 1 month ago

May the scientist is speaking of Rustom-II…plz confirm it….bcoz i have read the report all that the scientist says is armed drone…

sntata
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4 years 1 month ago

It is good news that India's stealth UCAV is under development with Kaveri turbofan engine. Let us hope that DRDO will deliver it by 2015.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

LOL, the AURA UCAV will become active before rafale, fgfa & amca.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

i dont have much hope eithr, But with test launch of agni V in 2 years time there might be a silver lighting

Aditya

SiddRane
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SiddRane
4 years 1 month ago

sound very very nice to my ears but the actual fact is that we had heard similarly about Tejas , the kaveri , but even if it gets to air by 2015 don't know how much technological capable will it be

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

shiv, whats going on? your posts are getting more like status updates of the indian defence world. the only well researched and well analyzed post you did was the post of Geopollitcs plagiarizing your work. We follow your blog because of your great past articles that were very much unlike your new ones. Hope you can get back there….

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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
My interpreation of "…..To Fly in 2015…" is "to fly not prior to 2015…" My interpretation is based on the fact that DRDO/ HAL/ NAL etc. have never met a deadline they assigned themselves, over and over again. Please do not get me wrong, they have achieved a lot and they will make the UCAV and get it flying, but it may not happen by the end of 2015. DRDO and it's partners need to stop assigning any deadlines as it only makes them look like fool, which they aren't. What they need now is a real PR support to… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

isn't that a little optimistic no offence but the drdo has not given us atleast a MALE/HALE drone and even the manned one's have not come.
But i think it might be the armed version of the rustum 2….

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

WOW new hit job from your sister org India Today on the DRDO. After the VKS episode by your buddy Sandeep Unnithan now comes this, India Today is rapidly going down the TOI-let way. Keep it up or shall I say keep it down !

aks
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4 years 1 month ago

well it might ..consider coop from russian like Pj10 or Barak-8 with Israeli. DRDO might have left out the partners name.

i just had another thought..an rq170 sentinel had fallen in our buddy Irans backyard …do you think ???
they are our buddies we suddenly defying the US for them

Mr. Ra
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Mr. Ra
4 years 1 month ago

2015 is possible only with some master technology.

subin
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4 years 1 month ago

To get the plane up flying by 2015 isnt a big deal for DRDO as we have seen LCA was ready for flight very soon too once the programs really got the funding but what after flying.. just something which flies isnt the final product what our defences want. May be 2020 since lot of experience from LCA is gonna go in it.

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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
I don't understand why DRDO scientists just can't keep quiet. Just stay focused and start delivering. If they lament that media paints a bleak picture of them, it's because of their own fault. Why at all give timelines that may or may not hold later because of the project complexities involved. Don't know why they are so fond of giving sound bytes to media which naturally will hole them for any slip-ups unintentional or otherwise. Let your end user sing praises for you once you have delivered. If it were to me I would put a strict gag order on… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

Based on required infrastructure, sensors, sensor integration, miniaturization and flight control software requirements, it sounds like someone is smoking some good stuff from Idukki.

the terminator
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the terminator
4 years 1 month ago
DRDO has done a great job where the missile programme is concerned. Congratulations! Other than that DRDO has not met timelines or delivery schedules of any of its major projects which are languishing miserably. My humble suggestion to DRDO is speak less especially to the press but do more. No point in broadcasting to the world 5 or 10 years in advance about some super-duper project which is still on the drawing board while projects that have been ongoing for decades have not been delivered to the nation. Blowing your own trumpet is still childish even if it is part… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
@11:27 What's the hit job about? We've got DRDO's record in front of us with the Tejas, Kaveri. You better listen to what the service chiefs think of DRDO's job with the Tejas (both Air Force and Naval chiefs by the way) before putting your blind faith in the DRDO. The only program where it seems to have had decent success is in the missile program, possibly due to the piggybacking over ISRO's success over the decades. This kind of blind hero worship is such a characteristic of India. While there have been successes, there have been tremendous wasteage and… Read more »
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

Shiv's job is to report by looking at all things in perspective. And that's the reason I come back here. If he has to keep singing the praises of DRDO while ignoring it's miserable failures, he'll be nothing but your glorified PR DRDO spokesperson.

Rahul
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Rahul
4 years 1 month ago
DRDO is confident now, with A-V they have for first time demonstrated that they can also complete project withing timeline. So there is a solid reason for confidence. These are only two road blocks to first flight to my understanding; SAT-Links and Senecma-Kaveri turbofan. Out of two very little is known about SAT-LINK but their claim to have developed SATCOM for CABS AEW&C speaks of solid ground and gives enough reason to believe that they can have system ready in next three years. To SNECMA-GTRE Kaveri Turbofan engine. This to me is overly optimistic claim as nothing as of today… Read more »
आदित्य
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4 years 1 month ago

During my time at IIT Kanpur (2005-2009) I have seen flight parameters tests & simulations being conducted for 2-3 flying wing designs very similar to this under a project from ADA.
Considering that it was the case 2-3 years back, it is likely that the project could be at a very advanced stage now.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

Extremely high hopes. I'd prefer if DRDO prioritised the LCA in the next 5 years. Their focus should be to churn out 100+ aircraft for the Airforce / 25 for the Navy and make the program profitable.

Make no sense in sailing through unchatered territory.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

My take on this piece of news is different from other posts so far. There is no offer as yet from any foreign organisation for such equipment. What DRDO is probably saying is that they will focus on such projects, as they have some confidence that the 'customer' / 'user' will co-operate.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

"make its first flight in 2015"

and in other news today – pigs can fly!

PANKAJ
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PANKAJ
4 years 1 month ago

hahaha hohoho nonono 2015 no 2050 in 2015 they only make toy model just like AMCA

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

First flight by ~2015-17 ioc1 by 2020,ioc2 by 2022,foc by 2025 going by the history of Hal,drdo

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

ek aur deadline only for violating!!! mere bhai pehle purane projects complete karo uske baad media me naye dhol bajana…

Mr. Ra
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Mr. Ra
4 years 1 month ago

Designers should be ready in advance to cater for 25% increase in power, 20% increase in weapon load, 10% increase in operational ceiling height, 10% increase in wing area, 5% increase in stealth, 5% increase in radar range without decreasing the speed and T/W ratio.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
anon @ 9:38 am: I'm an ardent critic of DRDO because they just can't keep their mouth shut before completing projects, but I also do believe that in delivery DRDO has turned corner especially in the last decade or so. Many projects that have been long pending are on the verge of completion. The reason that article was called a hit job is because of it's timing coming in the wake of success of DRDO's and India's most critical project. The importance of this test was next only to 1998 POK-2 and you can see who among the P-5 has… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
For anon @ 9:38,And O btw, in a brilliant self goal our politico-babus long back decided to firewall our space and missile progs from each other. You will do well to remember that we have been launching PSLVs since 1993 which use one of the world's largest solid rocket boosters which uses SITVC for pitch, yaw and roll control. On 26th when launch another one of them do watch closely on the plot board the parameter called down range and compare for yourself the range of A-5 which we just launched about a week back.While it's true our 1st gen… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

It is definately a difficult project. I am very proud of these men and women for taking on this project.

After what I have seen from them, I have now become a believer in them. Good luck to them.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago
@5:38 you are kidding about ISRO and DRDO right? Kalam started at DRDO, then was transferred to ISRO where he was the project director of the SLV in ISRO following which he led the IGMDP. If you think there is absolutely no linkage between the missile and space programs then you are living in a fool's paradise. IISc was sanctioned following POK2 by the US. Everybody who needs to know, knows what goes on here, you put a little facade of distance between the civilian and defence programs but everyone who's in the business knows you'll have scientists working together,… Read more »
Shubham
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Shubham
4 years 1 month ago

Good luck to the AURA/USAV project team. It will be great if they can execute the project in time and come up with an end product that appeals to the defence forces.

Best wishes,

Shubham

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

anon @ 1:51 pm looks like you did not read this:
"While it's true our 1st gen Agni TD which essentially tested re-entry technology and not propulsion way back in 1989 was indeed derived from SLV-3 1st stage…."
And "IISc was sanctioned following POK2 by the US." ? !!
What non-sense is that ? please do care to explain ! Lest you forget that all LCA DFCC equipment was seized and scientist were thrown out of LM facility immediately after POK-2

Joy
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4 years 1 month ago

In 5 years DRDO will talk about delays in the AURA project pushing it behind by another decade. It doesnt cost much to make loose statements. Indians have no value for word and very short memory.

Vijay
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Vijay
4 years 29 days ago

It would be in DRDO and India's best interest for DRDO to adopt a public-private partnership model. Considering the range of defence work coming up, there is enough work for everyone in DRDO and for private players to stay employed and make profits. I hope DRDO splits actual design work on upcoming and future projects with private players

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