Honeywell’s hydrogen fuel-cell powered drones being tested in India

A new ‘technology suite’ for light drones allows longer flight hours and with less human intervention. Compared with traditional drones using batteries and line-of-sight radio links, drones equipped with Honeywell’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technologies can fly farther, carry more weight, avoid hazards up to three kilometers away and stream video of their progress anywhere in the world.

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$1 Bn GE-HAL engine-contract deepens Indo-US ties

The F404-GE-IN20 engine is an enhanced production version of the F404, which is successfully powering India’s Light Combat Aircraft MKI. The highest thrust variant of the F404 family, the F404-GE-IN20 incorporates GE’s latest hot section materials and technologies, as well as a FADEC for reliable power and outstanding operational characteristics

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India seeks ASW capable ‘Predator’ drones

India is looking at two variants. One for the Navy and the other for the Army and the IAF. India has, so far, been studying the MQ9B-Sky Guardian and the Sea Guardian, models of the company. However, some of the drones will the latest variant of the predator family called the MQ-9A block 5, that has been successfully tested for anti submarine warfare (ASW) capability in January this year.

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Boeing-Sikorsky show their replacement for ‘Black Hawk’

It’s an agile, maneuverable aircraft that flies twice as far and twice as fast as the Black Hawk helicopter it will replace — and sits in the same operational footprint

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Success of ‘Netra’ propels India to look within

AEW&CS planes are to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – an entity under the Ministry of Defence – under a Rs 10,500 crore ( $1.3 billion) plan. These planes will be modified to fly with a radar that will give 360-degree surveillance capability to the defence forces.

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After policy change, US drone deals beat China

The US policy change affected in July this year and the subsequent moves, break China’s rapidly growing influence in the ‘armed drone market’. India or Taiwan would be a ‘no go zone’ for Chinese companies, which, however, in the past, had sold drones to UAE. Beijing had even sold some drones to Saudi Arabia, a long standing ally of the US

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US is inches away from air docking of UAV

attempts at airborne retrieval of three unmanned air vehicles, nicknamed Gremlins, were just inches from success in DARPA’s latest flight test series which started on October 28. The DARPA hopes to rectify and demonstrate air retrieval in the next testing scheduled in spring of 2021

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Australia US announce joint hypersonic missile

Clearly the missile is aimed at stopping the enemy far away from shores and the announcement comes in the middle of spat Australia has had with China after a spokesperson in Beijing tweeted a fake image of an Australian soldier killing a Afghan child.

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India to modify UAV’s to carry weapons

Making shift towards having combat unnamed aerial systems (UAS), India has okayed a project to upgrade a part of its fleet of the Israeli ‘Heron’ surveillance drones, acquired in multiple tranches since 2001.

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