Air Platforms

Indian Army develops armed quadcopter

14 January 2019

The Indian Army (IA) has announced the development of what it described as an armed quadcopter prototype to partially meet its operational requirements along India’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan.

Designed by two IA soldiers and displayed at the Army Technology Seminar-2019 in New Delhi on 11 January, the mini quadcopter has already been successfully employed in “live” operations along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, army officials told Jane’s on 14 January.

The quadcopter was initially developed as a day and night surveillance platform in 2015 by Gurpreet Singh and Amrik Singh of the IA’s 21 Sikh Regiment, but has subsequently been modified to carry a 2 kg payload that can consist of ammunition, first-aid kits, improvised bombs, or up to three grenades.

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