The Armed Forces, for the first time, showcased drones at the Army Day Parade on January 15 at the Delhi’s Cariappa ground. The 75 indigenously-developed drones exhibited kamikaze attacks, first-aid and payload delivery. Moreover, the parade had its latest assets, including anti-aircraft weapon Schilka, infantry fighting vehicle BMP-2, T-72 bridge laying tanks. Conferring gallantry awards, the Army Chief General M M Naravane honoured various… read-more
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An Indian Army officer Lieutenant Colonel GYK Reddy has designed a microcopter which can be used as surveillance against hidden terrorists inside a building or room. Being tested by a Para Special Forces Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir, the testing team has suggested some improvements to be done in the micro drone. Reportedly, the indigenously developed microcopter was displayed at an Indian Army’s innovation event held in New Delhi.
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IIT Kharagpur researchers have devised 5G infrastructure-equipped drones, which can function as airborne mobile telecommunication towers. Capable to perform in zero network areas by switching the location, the drones can also yield rescue-based services by reaching out to survivors at a disaster-affected location in less time. They restore the services by relaying data to rescue servers located far away from the distress area. The researchers… read-more
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Malaysian researchers at Putra University have developed a material from pineapple leaves fibre that can be used to build drones or unmanned aircraft. Porject head Prof. Thariq said these drones have higher strength-to-weight-ratio and are cheaper, eco-friendly and easy to dispose. Reportedly, the prototypes of these eco-friendly drones stayed in air for 20 minutes and could fly up to a height of about 1,000 metres.
Experts from Banaras Hindu University led by Agricultural Sciences Director Ramesh Chand have assisted farmers in Varanasi's Khutahan village in sowing through drones. They taught farmers how drones could be deployed in scattering rice/wheat where tractors cannot be used. Ramesh said the technology not only increases the consistency in the plantation but reduces cost. He added, "It took just 15 minutes to sow the seeds in a field of one bigha… read-more
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The Uttarakhand government has planned to deliver COVID-19 vaccines through drones in the remote hilly areas. The state’s Drone Application and Research Centre have successfully conducted test trials of a drone, which flown from Dehradun to Mussoorie while carrying a vaccine in an ice-box. Information Technology Department Agency director Amit Sinha said drones would be effective in saving time and cost. Reportedly, the government has used… read-more
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Yemen’s Houthi group has claimed to have attacked an ‘important target’ in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh with drones and ballistic missiles. “The attacks are a response to the enemy’s permanent escalation and its continuing blockade against our country,” Houthi spokesperson Yahya Sarea tweeted on September 10. However, Saudi-led alliance has not confirmed the attack on Riyadh; but it acknowledged that it had intercepted missiles and drones launched… read-more
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The Civil Aviation Ministry released the draft Unmanned Aircraft System Rules, 2020, prohibiting the "carriage of payload" except as permitted by DGCA. It specified that only Nano class drones, not exceeding 250 grams, will be allowed to operate in India in general, at a maximum speed of 15 metres/second. However, "qualified remote pilots" can be allowed to operate heavier drones.