Sunday, February 25, 2018

CRPF to purchase 25 high-end drones to conduct anti-Maoist operations, tackle militants in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is all set to purchase 25 high-end drones to equip itself to better conduct anti-Maoist operations and deal with militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

The tendering process for the procurement of the drones has started and they are expected to be introduced by the CRPF - the country's largest paramilitary force - in the next three-four months, a deputy inspector general-rank officer told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

A pre-bid conference for the procurement of the drones was held on 12 September, 2017, and the online and offline tender was opened on 26 October, 2017, with a validity of six months.

These drones - each costing around Rs 15 lakh - are being purchased to help the CRPF personnel during surveillance, reconnaissance and detection in day and night operations in Jammu and Kashmir and in the dense forests of Maoist-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The 25 new drones will join CRPF's existing fleet of 40 and help the force get real-time inputs and avoid attacks on its troopers.
"The drones will have the capacity to integrate geo-referenced master maps -- provided in at least one of the commonly used digital map formats - with real-time and clear video during flights at heights of around 250 metres. They will also have better quality zoom control and thermal imaging for night operations," the CRPF official said.
He also said that the new drones would be able to detect human-sized targets at 300 metres or more and have additional features when compared to the CRPF's existing Indian-made light drones, named "Netra".
25/02/18 IANS/First Post