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    Anonymous

    Fitting this with a radar to track cruise missiles will be a big boost to anti-cruise missile defence. We can then fire the AAD's and Akash missile to take the cruise missiles and fighter/bombers down along the western and eastern borders.

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  2. 2

    DHRUV

    dont know much abt these but think it may be working as fixed awacs!

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    Oh please, this is what we spend millions on the DRDO for? The private sector is quite capable to producing this level of technology.

    The defence sector REALLY needs to be liberalised.

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    Great achievement. Kudos to DRDO and those hard working scientists.

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  5. 5

    Anonymous

    Three cheers DRDO. Way to go.

    AWACS can't be up in air indefinitely even if we continue to aerial refuel them. Next year crude prices are forecasted to reach 100$ a barrel. With such high aviation fuel prices we can't afford to fly AWACS for a very long time.

    Aerostat radars are the 1st step. 2nd step in this direction must be HAA or High Altitude Airships or an even better solution will be balloons. They will be far less expensive to build and operate as they will get all their power from solar energy. Such airships and balloons can remain indefinitely in the air thereby curtailing the need for highly expensive and vulnerable AWACS.

    I would also request DRDO to seriously consider developing Hybrid Airships as very heavy cargo carrier. DARPA's Walrus is projected to carry upto 500 to 1000 tons whereas, the world's largest cargo plane An225 can carry load upto 250 tons. Airships don't need runways and they can drop cargo virtually anywhere, whereas cargo planes need expensive runways which will be the 1st casualty when war breaks out.Airships also need far less fuel than conventional jets.

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    Anonymous

    is it goin to be static in air or have autonomous flight system.and upto how much alltitude it can fly.

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  7. 7

    aatish

    They should hv put all payload inside an aesthetic looking aerodynamic tub. this payload is a sore to the eye.

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  8. 8

    aatish

    Was the graphics on the second pic someone's idea of a joke..

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  9. 9

    Adi

    well Aerostats have always been economically viable and a very efficient(since compared to other means the operational costs are almost negligible) unit when it involves tasks like , homeland surveillance and long-range radar .. highly evolved stratospheric balloons can also be used as a better and more efficient form of surveillance or comm satellites that dont need a rocket to be deployed.

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  10. 10

    Mr. Ra

    How much high their elevation can be raised for increasing the maximum range.

    {{Pl do not reply about this data, if Sinopaki are benefited by it }}Lol…

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  11. 11

    Anonymous

    Any information on the payloads.

    Is the RADAR ready or is under development?

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  12. 12

    Mirza

    Good going, and i think story just start here and this Aerostate can be used for variety of application like coastal surveillance, static radar, intelligence gathering and weather monitoring.

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  13. 13

    Anonymous

    @Anon 5:17

    For testing they are putting it at an altitude of 1KM for 2-3 days.

    Don't know if that is the maximum it can reach.

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  14. 14

    Anonymous

    FYI

    DARPA's Walrus HULA has been cancelled.

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    Anonymous

    Egads, India is going really slow. We are developing aerostats while our northern neighbour is (most likely) on the threshold of beginning flight testing of its 5th generation aircrafts. I really and sincerely hope we come somewhere close to them in development of air, sea and space technology

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    Anonymous

    The tether/support vehicle looks nice and well designed.

    I do hope
    they improve the fit and finish of the payload mount.At this moment looks a bit'tinny'and less than robust.

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    Anonymous

    @Anon 10.30 PM

    DARPA's Walrus may be cancelled bcoz they have learned whatever they wanted to learn from that project. But HULA is definitely alive as Lockheed Martin is seriously involved in hybrid Airships. Other countries (Germany and Australia) are also working on similar projects.

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  18. 18

    Mr. Ra

    At an altitude of 1 Km it can view the horizon up to 112 Km.

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    Anonymous

    India is empowering its defense
    we also need to made internet more safer.. http://bit.ly/ev7RmB

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