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Indian Army turns on the Switch for mini-UAVs

14th January 2021 - 03:03 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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India needs UAVs to help monitor its troubled border, and a domestic design will help fill that role with its mini-UAV design.

The Indian Army’s ongoing search for mini-UAVs has reached fruition, with the selection of a domestically-developed hybrid VTOL solution from Mumbai-based ideaForge.

The type chosen by the Indian Army is the Switch, which weighs less than 6.5kg and has a 2.6m wingspan. It can be launched at altitudes of up to 4,000m above mean sea level and has a maximum operating altitude 1km above that.

The newly signed contract for an undisclosed number of systems is worth approximately $20 million, probably amounting to triple figures of these man-portable UAVs. IdeaForge claims that its design has ‘the highest time on target

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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