Indian Army is heading swiftly in its pursuit to get self-reliant and technologically sound. Chief of Army Staff General Naravane announced on the occasion of Army Day, how the defence forces are on a modernization plan for 5 years with all modern procurements being added to the Army and major deals that would make Indian Army a technology Centred force.
One of such additions to the Indian defence forces is the Switch tactical drones for which the Indian Army has struck a deal of 140 crores with Ideaforge Technology — especially for surveillance along LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
Army to receive indigenous SWITCH tactical drones at LAC
The SWITCH is a Fixed Wing VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAV which can be deployed at high altitude and harsh environments for day and night surveillance in ISR missions. It has a daylight payload of 1280×720 pixels, 25x Optical Zoom and has a thermal payload of 640×480 pixel.
The drone can be operated with support from the Ground Control Station consisting of a high-range communication box, a hand-held controller for full camera control, and laptop/tablet for live video streaming and pre-flight checks.
The Indian Army will make these procurements from the Navi Mumbai-based Indian company for SWITCH. The number of drones to be supplied as part of this deal is likely to be in hundreds.
Before being selected, IdeaForge’s SWITCH UAV competed in Indian Army trials in Ladakh against offerings from Tata Group, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, VTOL Aviation and Israel’s Elbit Systems. The Indian armed forces have inducted drones manufactured by IdeaForge in the past.