Heron-I unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Part of: Prelims and GS III – Defence and Security
Context The Army Aviation has recently got control of Heron-I unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the eastern sector.
- This brings all aviation assets under one roof which will augment its ability to keep an eye on Chinese activities across the border.
- In the future battlefield, manned and unmanned aircraft teaming will reap huge dividends.
- The aviation Brigade at Missamari, Assam, operates the Cheetah and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv utility helicopters, Rudra weaponsied ALH and Heron-I UAVs.
What are the possible benefits of this move?
- Optimised employment of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs)/UVAs
- Upgradation of flight safety management and practices
- Boost to training infrastructure
- Better maintenance and serviceability by optimising the supply chain
- Smoothening of the command and control process during operations.