Now here’s a broad look at the PADP’s official tasks once chosen: (a) production and delivery of UAVs, Spares, Ground Systems and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) (all related support, handling and maintenance equipment), (b) initial integration and flight demonstration to users and operation support, (c) training of users on the product, (d) user documentation and related tasks, (e) PADP may also be tasked with Product Support, maintenance and servicing of the UAVs.
More importantly, sample this from the official EOI document: “In order to be prepared for the above, the PADP is required to participate throughout the development phase as the major Development Partner, take a major role in fabrication, assembly, integration and operation aspects and get to know on-line all the aspects of the UAV so that at the end of development, the agency is right away ready to launch production. Table 1 gives in brief, details of the proposed participation of PADP in development.“
Let me now list out the “headers” under which the PADP was to have been involved before the flight-testing phase. I’ll bullet these:
- There should a few system engineers from the PADP who will participate as members of the Team throughout the development cycle of the project and also act as coordinators between ADE and PADP for all activities.
- Sub-systems design
- Mechanical engineering design of LRUs
- Engineering Drawings, Electrical / Electronic Circuits & PCB Layouts
- Fabrication & Testing of Airframe and mechanical Assemblies and Electronic LRUs
- Carrying out ATP & Environmental Tests (SOF, ESS, QUAL & EMI / EMC)
- System Integration and flight operations
- Testing & Acceptance
- Fabrication, Stage Inspections, Coupon Testing etc.
- Procurement of Engines, materials, components, fasteners etc.
The programme doesn’t have a moment to waste. According to the invitation for EOI document, the ADE is bound by a timeframe — the production of the basic Rustom UAV with electro-optic and SIGINT payloads by July 2010, and full-scale delivery to commence by January 2012, followed by Mk-2 variants with a SAR capability.