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Heron-I unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) 

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  • November 1, 2021
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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.

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