Indian army launches “him- drone-a-thon”

Tags: Defence Science and Technology

Indian Army in collaboration with Drone Federation of India has launched 'Him Drone-a-thon' program on 8 Aug 22.

What is the 'Him Drone-a-thon’ programme?

  • It is a pan-India continuous interaction between all stakeholders including industry, academia, software developers and drone product manufacturers.

  • It will be conducted in different phases with quantitative parameters (like height, weight, range, stability etc.), which will be progressively enhanced based on the demonstrated abilities.

  • The wide range of activities planned under this include interactions and ideas among users, development agencies, academicians etc., seeking industry feedback, visits to operational locations by development agencies.

Development in the following categories are included under this programme

  • Logistics/ Load carrying Drone in High Altitude Areas

  • Autonomous Surveillance/ Search & Rescue Drone

  • Micro/ Nano Drones for Fighting in Built Up Areas

What is a drone?

  • Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft.

  • A drone is a flying robot that can be controlled remotely or can fly independently using software-controlled flight technology in its embedded systems.

  • It works in conjunction with onboard sensors and a global positioning system (GPS).

  • Drones first came to the market in the 1990 and were developed by the military.

  • Drones can be used for surveillance, situational analysis, crime control, VVIP security, disaster management, etc.

  • It offers benefits to almost every sector of the economy, including national defence, agriculture, law enforcement, and mapping, among others.

  • The Central Government has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme of Drones and Drone Components.

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