Drones – Meai Modelisme http://meai-modelisme.com/ Thu, 12 May 2022 18:36:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://meai-modelisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Drones – Meai Modelisme http://meai-modelisme.com/ 32 32 FG will crack down on blind drone users violating SCA https://meai-modelisme.com/fg-will-crack-down-on-blind-drone-users-violating-sca/ Thu, 12 May 2022 18:08:33 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/fg-will-crack-down-on-blind-drone-users-violating-sca/ By Isaac Anumihe, Abuja As part of measures to prevent the frequent building collapses and indiscriminate use of drones in Nigeria, violators of the Investigations Coordination Act (SCA) of 1962 would be arrested, prosecuted and possibly imprisoned. SCA is a law prohibiting the indiscriminate use of drones and construction on unapproved areas. Are you a […]]]>

By Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

As part of measures to prevent the frequent building collapses and indiscriminate use of drones in Nigeria, violators of the Investigations Coordination Act (SCA) of 1962 would be arrested, prosecuted and possibly imprisoned.

SCA is a law prohibiting the indiscriminate use of drones and construction on unapproved areas.

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Speaking when he received a team led by Major General Samad Akesode, Director of Communications for the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the President at the Survey House in Abuja, the Surveyor General of the Federation, Abudulganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin commended President Muhammadu Buhari and National Security Adviser (NSA), General Babagana Mongunu (rtd) for taking seriously the issue of violations of SCA provisions which he says are a result of the sovereignty of Nigeria.

He said that individuals and groups cannot be allowed to continue building or installing infrastructure, generating geospatial information and other critical infrastructure data without recourse to the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation ( OSGoF).

According to the SGoF, his office would begin the full implementation and enforcement of the SCA, which is why ONSA deployed a very senior military officer in the person of Major General Adesoke to work with the OSGoF for the success of operations intended to curb activities hostile to the provisions of the law regulating topography and geo-informatics in the country.

While thanking the National Security Adviser (NSA) for his prompt response to the general request made by the OSGoF, the SGoF appealed for the provision of military personnel for the security of surveyors and other members of the OSGoF personnel during engagements, especially at international borders.

He said OSGoF lost five staff in attacks on the Nigeria-Cameroon border about five years ago.

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In his remarks, Major General Akesode commended the SGoF’s commitment to infrastructure development and national security. He emphasized the need for every Nigerian to be patriotic for the general good of the country.

Akesode said the relevance of OSGoF’s activities cannot be overstated. He stressed the need for his collaboration with relevant authorities such as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), operators and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure on land.

In a statement, OSGoF’s head of press and public relations, Abu Michael, said the military leader has pledged NSA support to OSGoF to specifically generate geospatial information on locations and the heights of all obstacles in the country. He noted that such information for masts and other facilities around airports was necessary to ensure safety.

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Pakistani drone with 10 kg of heroin shot down : The Tribune India https://meai-modelisme.com/pakistani-drone-with-10-kg-of-heroin-shot-down-the-tribune-india/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:10:00 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/pakistani-drone-with-10-kg-of-heroin-shot-down-the-tribune-india/ Tribune press service GS Paul Amritsar, May 9 The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down a Pakistani drone, carrying nine packages containing 10,670 kg of suspected heroin, along the international border in the Amritsar area late at night. The BSF lodged a protest with the Pakistani Rangers in this regard. It is learned […]]]>


Tribune press service

GS Paul

Amritsar, May 9

The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down a Pakistani drone, carrying nine packages containing 10,670 kg of suspected heroin, along the international border in the Amritsar area late at night. The BSF lodged a protest with the Pakistani Rangers in this regard.

It is learned that BSF personnel deployed in Amritsar AOR (Area of ​​Responsibility) outpost heard the buzz of a suspicious object flying at an altitude of 300 meters at approximately 23:15 near Bharopal village gurdwara in Amritsar.

BSF DIG Bhupinder Singh said the drone penetrated at least 1 km into Indian territory when troops spotted it. Nine shots were fired before he was shot.

He said: “During the search, a hexacopter (drone) and a black bag wrapped in yellow tape were found in the fields. The hexacopter’s three-wing rods were found damaged. There was a hold-and-release mechanism, and the consignment was suspended with this mechanism through an iron ring.

“Although we have shot down four drones in the recent past, this is the first time we have recovered both the drone and the contraband. An investigation is underway to unravel those behind the plot and identify the intended location. where he was supposed to deliver the shipment.

No arrests had been made so far. “During a flag meeting with the Pakistan Rangers, we protested that this drone entered our side from their jurisdiction,” he said. The area was cordoned off and the Air Force station authorities informed. The BSF in collaboration with the police carried out a search in the area where the drone was spotted.

Of the 12 drug lockout recoveries made near the fence by the BSF in April-May, today’s was the largest. Meanwhile, BSF troops on a routine patrol outside the fence in the Attari area found three contraband packages, suspected of being heroin, from the fields.

Extra batteries for longer flight time

  • Additional batteries were fitted to the drone apparently to improve its flight capability, BSF DIG said.
  • Drone print scratched off in an attempt to hide source, but bag of heroin had Pak marking

Recent incidents in border districts

  • May 6: 510 g of heroin seized in the Amritsar area
  • May 2: 2.9 kg of heroin found in the village of Jodhawala in the Abohar sector
  • May 2: Three packages of heroin found in a field in the Amritsar area
  • May 1: 1 kg of heroin seized from a farmer in the village of Hardo Rattan in Amritsar
  • April 29: Drone intercepted near the village of Dhanoe Kalan in Amritsar
  • April 25: 1 kg of heroin found in the Amritsar area
  • April 23: 3.9 kg of heroin seized in the Amritsar area
  • April 19: 2.1 kg of heroin, a pistol found abandoned in the field of Amritsar
  • April 11: 3.9 kg of heroin seized in Amritsar
  • April 10: 1 kg of heroin tied to a tree found in Ferozepur area
  • April 7: 1.2 kg of heroin seized in the Ferozepur area
  • April 4: 2.2 kg of heroin recovered in the Tarn Taran

#BSF #drug threat #Pakistan

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Small drones give Ukraine an unprecedented advantage https://meai-modelisme.com/small-drones-give-ukraine-an-unprecedented-advantage/ Sun, 08 May 2022 10:05:49 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/small-drones-give-ukraine-an-unprecedented-advantage/ Petro Zadorozhny | Getty Images In the snowy streets of the city of Trostyanets in northern Ukraine, the Russian missile system fires rockets every second. Tanks and military vehicles are parked on either side of the blasting artillery system, positioned between houses and close to the city’s rail system. The weapon doesn’t work on its […]]]>

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In the snowy streets of the city of Trostyanets in northern Ukraine, the Russian missile system fires rockets every second. Tanks and military vehicles are parked on either side of the blasting artillery system, positioned between houses and close to the city’s rail system. The weapon doesn’t work on its own, however. Hovering dozens of meters above him and recording the assault is a Ukrainian drone. The drone is not a sophisticated military system, but a small commercial machine that anyone can buy.

Since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in late February, drones of all shapes and sizes have been used by both sides in the conflict. At one end of the scale are large military drones that can be used for aerial surveillance and to attack ground targets. In contrast, small commercial drones can be flown by people without specific training and carried in a suitcase-sized box. Although both types of drones have been used in previous conflicts, the current scale of small commercial drone use in Ukraine is unprecedented.

Drone videos shared and posted on social media depict the brutality of war and reveal what happened during the battles. Drones captured fighting in the destroyed the Ukrainian town of Bucha, with lines of tanks moving through the streets and troops moving alongside them. Commercial drones have helped journalists document the extent of the destruction in Kyiv and Mariupolflying over burnt buildings reduced to rubble.

Russian troops reportedly filmed shoot citizens holding their hands up. Drone videos show Ukrainian troops bombarding Russian positions, monitoring their movements in real time, and ambush of Russian troops. In a video, a drone spots Russian military vehicles leaving behind troops – they run after transport and fall in the snow. In another, the drone hovers in the air and records a helicopter being shot down on the way.

“Drones have changed the way war was meant to be,” says Valerii Yakovenko, the founder of Ukrainian drone company DroneUA. “It is about intelligence, collection and transfer of data on the movements or positioning of enemy troops, correction of artillery fire. These are counter-saboteur actions, and of course they are search and rescue operations. Yakovenko estimates that Ukrainian forces operate more than 6,000 drones for reconnaissance and claims that these can connect to Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite systems to upload images. “In 2014, drones became the focus of intelligence units, but their scale cannot compare to what we see today,” he says. (Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in 2014 with its annexation of Crimea.)

Both Ukraine and Russia used military drones during the war, and Ukraine received drone donations from the United States. These military drones can often fly at high altitudes for long periods of time and fire at targets, including ships. However, the use of smaller commercial drones in such large numbers stands out, according to the researchers. These drones, which can sometimes be fragile and cannot fly far from their operators or stay in the air for long periods of time, have provided tactical advantages in some cases. (Commercial drones have been used in previous conflicts, for example in Syria, but not as widely as in Ukraine.)

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Sky is the limit: Drone, new buzzword in India https://meai-modelisme.com/sky-is-the-limit-drone-new-buzzword-in-india/ Fri, 06 May 2022 09:57:45 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/sky-is-the-limit-drone-new-buzzword-in-india/ NEW DELHI- The new buzzword in the Indian tech space is the drone. It has captured the imagination of young people, business people and policy makers. From wedding photo shoots to border surveillance, the usefulness of drones is multifaceted. India is constantly updating and improving its drone policy to meet the needs of various sectors, […]]]>

NEW DELHI- The new buzzword in the Indian tech space is the drone. It has captured the imagination of young people, business people and policy makers. From wedding photo shoots to border surveillance, the usefulness of drones is multifaceted.

India is constantly updating and improving its drone policy to meet the needs of various sectors, while keeping national security and privacy in mind.

“The new drone rules will help start-ups and our young people working in this sector enormously. It will open new opportunities for innovation and business.

“This will help leverage India’s strengths in innovation, technology and engineering to make India a hub for drones,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet earlier.

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). To make the usage and needs of different types of drones clear to everyone, India has created five categories of drones: nano, micro, small, medium and large.

Nano drones are basically less than or equal to 250 grams, while micro are more than 250 grams and less than or equal to 2 kg. Small would be greater than 2 kg and less than or equal to 25 kg; medium is greater than 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg and large is greater than 150 kg.

Although most drone piloting rules relate to larger drones, there is also a cap for nano drones. In India, nano drones can be operated within 50 feet and permission is required to fly them in restricted airspace like airports and the like.

Drones have become very useful even during times of COVID. It has helped monitor COVID-19 hotspots and containment areas in real time to ensure strict adherence to lockdown guidelines.

The Government of India announced “Drone Shakti” in the 2022 budget. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman explained that the initiative will also contribute to the establishment of Drones-As-A-Service.

In September 2021, the Cabinet also authorized the Production Linked Incentives (PLI) program which will provide incentives of up to 20% to drone manufacturers and drone components on the added value they provide.

As part of the new drone rules, the government has improved drone coverage from 300kg to 500kg. It would also reduce licensing fees to operate drones.

The government is considering relaxing the rules for owning and operating civilian drones in India. However, the government has banned the import of drones into India.

The Civil Aviation Ministry said those flying drones over 2kg or for commercial purposes are no longer required to obtain a “remote pilot license” to operate legally. Now they would only need a remote pilot certificate.

One can now obtain a “remote pilot certificate” from the DGCA approved drone training institute after successfully completing the course which would make them eligible to fly micro drones for commercial purposes.

All UAVs will need to be registered and provided with a Unique Identification Number (UIN) before they can be operated.

According to a PwC report “Data on Wings – A close look at drones in India”, the drone space in India is catching up with other countries and gaining tremendous momentum.

According to 6Wresearch, the Indian drone market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 18% during the period 2017-23 in terms of revenue. While these numbers will continue to be dominated by the long-range drone segment, medium and mini drones are also poised for healthy growth.

In India, there are six segments in which drone-based applications are explored. Like agriculture, insurance, energy and utilities, media and entertainment, infrastructure and mining.

Of these, infrastructure and agriculture are the most successful, in line with global trends.

Implementing drone technology requires an inclusive and collaborative approach that involves aspects such as governance, strategic planning, safety, regulation and proper awareness. The successful implementation of drone technology requires the participation of various stakeholders.

According to a report by The Print, global market intelligence and advisory firm BIS Research said the global drone market, which is currently dominated by the United States, China and Israel, will hit $28.47 billion. this year and India will account for about 4.25% of that amount.

According to a report by FICCI, in collaboration with EY, in the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) market, the adoption of UAS is increasing in India and it is expected that the industry and market value will be increased. approximately $885.7 million.

He gave an example, an autonomous agency of the Government of India, responsible for the management of a network of national highways, used the use of drones for 3D digital mapping for the detailed project report (DPR) for the widening of the Rae Bareli – Allahabad Highway.

The data collected is used for the calculation of compensation for citizens with property rights along the highway.

The report also highlighted the ability of drones to reduce compliance costs, quality and reach of information, enable real-time surveillance and manage geographic distribution.

When it comes to India, government agencies have been leading the way when it comes to UAS applications, with several major Indian government agencies and PSUs leveraging the use of UAS in their operations. — Agencies

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What Malloy drones is the UK sending to Ukraine? https://meai-modelisme.com/what-malloy-drones-is-the-uk-sending-to-ukraine/ Tue, 03 May 2022 21:37:36 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/what-malloy-drones-is-the-uk-sending-to-ukraine/ As part of a new £300m ($374m) military aid package announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for Ukraine, the UK will send a number of Malloy T150 drones to kyiv . The drones are manufactured by the British company Malloy Aeronautics and are currently used by the British Royal Marines. The T150 is controlled via […]]]>

As part of a new £300m ($374m) military aid package announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for Ukraine, the UK will send a number of Malloy T150 drones to kyiv .

The drones are manufactured by the British company Malloy Aeronautics and are currently used by the British Royal Marines.

The T150 is controlled via a laptop using points on a map to determine its flight route.

It’s battery-powered, although the company is developing wireless charging technology so drones can recharge while in flight.

The cargo on the drone can be unloaded once it has landed or it can be dropped to a location during flight.

The drone has several propellers and motors, so in case of failure there are others that can land the plane safely.

The T150 can fly in all weathers and has been successfully tested in rainy, windy, snowy and desert conditions.

It can carry around 68 kilograms, fly 70 kilometers and has a maximum flight time of 36 minutes.

The T150 can be used to supply troops with food and water, parts, equipment, fuel, ammunition and almost anything they might need on the front line.

Transporting goods to troops on the frontline is dangerous work as logistics teams can come under attack.

The drone ensures that fewer people are put at risk because it can be controlled remotely.

As the drone can be flown day or night, equipment or resources can be delivered at any time.

Updated: 03 May 2022, 21:33

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Richmond drone pilot behind new Cirque du Soleil video https://meai-modelisme.com/richmond-drone-pilot-behind-new-cirque-du-soleil-video/ Sun, 01 May 2022 20:24:00 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/richmond-drone-pilot-behind-new-cirque-du-soleil-video/ Not your typical desktop view. Not everyone can say he filmed on the roof of Vancouver’s BC Place stadium, but one drone pilot from Richmond is definitely bragging about the feat. Richmond resident Amiel De Guzman is the pilot behind the drone footage in Cirque Du Soleil’s latest video. The video showed an aerial view […]]]>

Not your typical desktop view.

Not everyone can say he filmed on the roof of Vancouver’s BC Place stadium, but one drone pilot from Richmond is definitely bragging about the feat.

Richmond resident Amiel De Guzman is the pilot behind the drone footage in Cirque Du Soleil’s latest video.

The video showed an aerial view of popular circus actors and performers performing acrobatic moves atop BC Place.

De Guzman told the Richmond News that it was a special moment to be physically on the roof of BC Place because few people could access the place.

“It’s not every day that I get to legally fly a drone over one of British Columbia’s most iconic landmarks,” De Guzman said, adding that it was an “exhilarating experience.” .

Timing, he said, is key when filming with a drone and the artists knew exactly how and when to pose for the camera, which made the job easier.

“I only had a small window to work with when I took the FPV drone shots (first person view) and luckily was able to get the necessary shots at the last minute.”

De Guzman, who is a full-time driver’s license examiner, has been flying drones for nine years and said his passion for drones started as a hobby.

There had been growing interest in remote control toys since he was a child, but when he laid eyes on his first remote control helicopter, his curiosity grew from there.

“One day while on a lunch break at my day job, I quickly searched Craigslist for drone toys and that’s when I first saw a DJI Phantom 1 drone,” did he declare.

“I literally rode it everywhere and every chance I got. That’s when I realized it was something I could enjoy doing while making money.

However, as exciting as piloting a drone can be for him, De Guzman said the opportunity to film for Cirque du Soleil with his brother Corim, a full-time videographer, is something he won’t forget. not.

“It was a unique opportunity for my brother and I to be able to film together for a big client while showcasing the best views in Vancouver,” Amie said.

The De Guzman brothers have worked together as a drone and film duo, under the name Aerial Vibe, at every possible opportunity.

And filming for Cirque Du Soleil was a major bucket list item they can finally tick off.

“Being able to film for Cirque du Soleil was a once in a lifetime experience. I was very grateful for this opportunity and the whole experience left me speechless,” Corim said.

“I’ve always wanted to watch Cirque du Soleil, but never had the chance. So being able to film (for) them was almost like having a private show just for us.

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Stefanik proposes legislation to stop Iranian drones | Press Releases https://meai-modelisme.com/stefanik-proposes-legislation-to-stop-iranian-drones-press-releases/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 22:17:16 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/stefanik-proposes-legislation-to-stop-iranian-drones-press-releases/ Stefanik proposes legislation to stop Iranian drones | Press releases | Congresswoman Elise Stefanik […]]]>








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Sunshine Coast’s Key Role in Strengthening Defense https://meai-modelisme.com/sunshine-coasts-key-role-in-strengthening-defense/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:24:41 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/sunshine-coasts-key-role-in-strengthening-defense/ A Sunshine Coast company will work with Boeing Defense and other companies to help build new combat drones for the Australian military. The unmanned MQ-28A ghost bat will be the first combat aircraft produced in Australia for almost 50 years, with a federal government investment worth $34 million. Defense drones can fly alongside air force […]]]>

A Sunshine Coast company will work with Boeing Defense and other companies to help build new combat drones for the Australian military.

The unmanned MQ-28A ghost bat will be the first combat aircraft produced in Australia for almost 50 years, with a federal government investment worth $34 million.

Defense drones can fly alongside air force jets, acting as an unmanned fighter, jammer or decoy.

Caloundra-based HeliMods will play a key role in manufacturing the aerospace technology along with six other project partners and project manager Boeing Defense Australia.

HeliMods’ plans include building a large manufacturing complex to create ground support systems for Boeing’s MQ-28A ghost bat program.

This is part of the $103 million recently announced by the federal government Advanced Defense Aerospace Manufacturing Network project.

Fisher MP Andrew Wallace said the deal was another show of confidence in the Sunshine Coast’s growing defense industry and manufacturing sector.

“I want Sunshine Coast manufacturers like Will Shrapnel and his team at HeliMods to reap the benefits of our historic $270 billion investment in building Australia’s defense industry and sovereign capability,” Mr. Wallace said.

“What the pandemic has shown us is that we need to diversify our industry to attract the kinds of high-skilled jobs that a project like this creates.

Andrew Wallace MP and Will Shrapnel, Founder and Managing Director, at HeliMods.

“This is world-class advanced technology, not only for the manufacturing sector and the local economy of the Sunshine Coast, but also for our national defense capability.”

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HeliMods Founder and CEO Will Shrapnel said it was an honor to be part of the advanced aerospace and defense manufacturing network led by Boeing.

“The support we will receive as a business through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative collaboration stream will enable us and other network partners to grow and deliver advanced manufacturing technologies directly in major programs such as Boeing’s MQ-28,” Shrapnel said.

“Growing up here on the Sunshine Coast, it was hard to imagine that a local company would have the opportunity to be part of such an important initiative, and that our aerospace industry here on the coast would live up to our expectations. . recognized as globally important.

“I hope this announcement can encourage others to pursue their passions from regional locations to make a global impact.”

HeliMods is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-value mission systems and equipment for aerospace and defense applications, with a state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing base at Caloundra Airfield.

The company currently supports the Australian Defense Force and other essential government services through a growing number of key programs, including the Advanced Defense Aerospace Manufacturing Network.

The announcement follows a $47.4 million investment in another Caloundra-based local company, Eniquest, to manufacture diesel field generators for the ADF.

Eniquest also made generators for the ADF’s protected mobility vehicles, the Bushmaster made in Victoria by defense contractor Thales.

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pak: Not just Pak spies, Indian smugglers also use drones near the border, says Bsf | Chandigarh News https://meai-modelisme.com/pak-not-just-pak-spies-indian-smugglers-also-use-drones-near-the-border-says-bsf-chandigarh-news/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 22:05:00 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/pak-not-just-pak-spies-indian-smugglers-also-use-drones-near-the-border-says-bsf-chandigarh-news/ Amritsar: Escalating incidents of drone intrusion into Punjab from Pakistan have rung alarming bells in the security establishment, prompting the Border Security Force (BSF) to approach the government for the immediate installation anti-drone technology to thwart the growing threat. A drone was spotted four times at the Indo-Pakistan international border in the Gurdaspur area on […]]]>
Amritsar: Escalating incidents of drone intrusion into Punjab from Pakistan have rung alarming bells in the security establishment, prompting the Border Security Force (BSF) to approach the government for the immediate installation anti-drone technology to thwart the growing threat. A drone was spotted four times at the Indo-Pakistan international border in the Gurdaspur area on Friday night.
According to senior sources, the trials of the anti-drone technology by three different companies have now been completed and the BSF has now approached the government for its installation on the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab to prevent drug smuggling, weapons and ammunition. on the other side of the border.
On the other hand, BSF and Punjab Police have also exposed a gang of Indian smugglers using drones to smuggle across the border. “They would send drones from India to Pakistan where their counterparts would load it with drugs and the Indian smugglers would bring them back,” the sources said.
In the recent past, Tarn Taran Police had also arrested two people namely Sujan Singh and Husanpreet Singh for using drones to smuggle drugs across the border. The police had also recovered drone accessories in their possession.
In a separate incident, Amritsar Police Commissioner Arunpal Singh said the force arrested Jagjit Singh aka Jaggi, whose interrogation led them to recover a drone, gun and ammunition. Sources said Jaggi was allegedly involved in smuggling arms and ammunition from Pakistan via the drones.
Meanwhile, BSF sources said on Friday night that BSF troops spotted drone movements four times near the Adhian border outpost in Gurdaspur district. “We fired over 150 shells but the drone was flying at high altitude so it couldn’t be shot at, but the search is continuing,” sources said. Sources have not ruled out the possibility that the Pakistani ISI is developing new launch pads in villages on their side of the international border for intrusion, drones and terrorists, in India, such as the infamous village of Pak Masrur Bara Bhai located in Pakistan opposite the Gurdaspur-Jammu border. , which previously served as a launching pad for infiltrating terrorists in India.
Similarly, sources said that a drone was spotted near the Attari international border in Amritsar area, which was recorded by a young boy on his mobile phone.
When contacted, Inspector General of BSF (Punjab Frontier) Asif Jalal denied that drone incidents were on the increase. However, he said, the BSF not only shoots them, but also hunts down those involved in drone smuggling. He said that in the current year, there have been more than 30 incidents of drone intrusion on the Pakistani side and the recovery of around 100 kilograms of narcotics.
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Kanpur becomes the 1st Indian manufacturer of aerostructures for suicide drones https://meai-modelisme.com/kanpur-becomes-the-1st-indian-manufacturer-of-aerostructures-for-suicide-drones/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 12:51:12 +0000 https://meai-modelisme.com/kanpur-becomes-the-1st-indian-manufacturer-of-aerostructures-for-suicide-drones/ A Kanpur-based company has become India’s leading manufacturer of aerostructures – including wings and fuselage – for roving munitions, which are in high demand around the world following the instrumental role played by these armed drones in the war of Ongoing Ukraine and recent Armenia-Azerbaijan conflicts. , West Asia and Africa. Lohia Aerospace Systems, a […]]]>

A Kanpur-based company has become India’s leading manufacturer of aerostructures – including wings and fuselage – for roving munitions, which are in high demand around the world following the instrumental role played by these armed drones in the war of Ongoing Ukraine and recent Armenia-Azerbaijan conflicts. , West Asia and Africa.

Lohia Aerospace Systems, a composites manufacturing company, has been asked by global OEMs to supply aerostructures and launch tubes for a range of roam munitions – also known as suicide drones – with sections ranging from 90cm to 3 meters and more depending on demand.

Previously considered “exotic weapons”, the “Drone Moment” in recent conflicts, especially in the war in Ukraine, has driven the demand for ammo drones lurking in the global arms bazaar to around 15,000 pieces. , with pressure for rapid delivery in ongoing disputes. Market analysts interpret this as a threefold increase in demand.

“We are bound by strict confidentiality agreements with our customers,” Pavitra Goel, general manager of Lohia Aerospace Systems, told BW Businessworld when contacted for a response to market information.

The company has neither confirmed nor denied reports that it has the capacity to manufacture composite-based aerostructures for up to 500 loitering weapons per year at its Kanpur plant for export to global OEMs. Market estimates place the value of these aerostructures between $5,000 and $10,000 per unit. Lohia Aerospace is reported to have already achieved a turnover of around Rs 100 Crore ($13 million) in this segment alone.

Market sources also suggest that Lohia Aerospace could meet the persistent munitions aerostructure requirements for several Israeli OEMs such as IAI, Elbit and Uvision.

Specialization in composite materials

The Kanpur company entered the aerospace composites sector by acquiring the Israeli entity Light & Strong in 2019, and is known for supplying aerostructure sections for UAVs/drones manufactured by major Israeli OEMs like IAI, Blue Bird and Uvision, leveraging Light & Strong’s customer base and technology capability. Israel is a leading player in the drone category in the Indian market. The Indian Armed Forces operate fleets of Searcher and Heron drones and Harop and Harpy stray munitions.

After consolidating itself as a manufacturer of composites for military systems by setting up a “world-class facility” in Kanpur – which it calls “North India’s premier aerospace composites plant” – Lohia Aerospace is taking measures to evolve into a drone integrator. “We want a bird to fly out of Kanpur,” admits Goel.

While networking with global supply chains, Lohia is also poised to provide aerostructures for drones that the Indian Armed Forces may purchase or refurbish in the near future.

But it’s the surge in orders for stray ammunition globally that currently positions it at the heart of the arms bazaar. It produces carbon aerostructures and Kevlar canister tube launchers for these smart weapons.

Emergence of vagrant ammunition

Armed with small warheads, floating weapons fill a niche between cruise missiles and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) at a fraction of the cost while combining features of both. Unlike cruise missiles, these linger or linger in the air, passively waiting up to 4 hours for a target. And these are distinct from UCAVs because they are meant to act like missiles with an integrated warhead and explode on a target. If a target is not engaged, any ammo lying around can be picked up. These provide an alternative to deploying high-value platforms, which can be vulnerable to enemy counterattacks.

These have been developed for roles ranging from relatively long-range strikes like suppressing enemy air defense (SEAD) to very short-range tactical fire support on the battlefield through systems that fit in a backpack.

Industry sources estimate that floating weapons with 2-4 kg warheads are up to six times cheaper than a missile, can wait for a target of opportunity while combining reconnaissance and attack functions , generate data up to the last second of detonation on the target, and can be fired by two soldiers at the level of a platoon.

System costs would be between $70,000 and $150,000. By comparison, a Javelin anti-tank guided missile shot would burn a $200,000 hole and the hit range is less than 5 km.

The drone moment

The Ukraine War was a fundamental validation of the centrality of armed drones in contemporary and future warfare. The drones proved extremely effective in targeting Russian tanks, artillery, surface-to-air missile launchers and logistics columns – the latter proved particularly effective as the lack of fuel and spare parts led to the abandonment of a large number of armored vehicles by the Russians.

The performance of loitering weapons like the Switchblade 300 supplied by US Aero Environment is legendary. The Switchblade-Puma combination (reconnaissance drones) allowed the engagement of Russian tanks at a safe distance of 5 to 6 kilometers. Tanks with four-man crews seemed almost helpless against drone assaults. Some 500 Switchblade 300s have been supplied to the Ukrainians. With a battery life of 3-4 hours, it allows a targeting range of 100-150 km with enough time to hunt the target.

With India’s nearly two-decade-old military drone fleet and contemporary warfare emphasizing unmanned aerial vehicles, there is certainty of business opportunities for niche players like Lohia Aerospace, the first multinational composite manufacturing in India.

But Goel says Lohia isn’t just betting on defense cases. “We have established ourselves as suppliers of military products. But defense business is mostly about high-volume, short-burst orders. Therefore, we also serve the civil aerospace market,” he says.


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