India has launched another another procurement process for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), this time for quadcopters that can fly at altitude.
On 4 May, India’s Ministry of Defense issued a request for information (RFI) to find manufacturers who can supply the Indian Army with high-altitude surveillance quadcopters. It is predicted that around 500 systems will be acquired.
The RfI specifies a mission radius of at least 5 kilometres, with two versions – one for deployment above and one for deployment below 4,000 metres. According to the RfI, the quadcopter should not weigh more than 10kg, but it should be able to survive strong high-altitude winds of up to 20 knots.
Furthermore, the surveillance quadcopter must be able to launch at heights greater than 5,500 metres.