SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Adani Defence, a leading player in the Indian defence industry, has made a significant stride in bolstering the country’s defence capabilities by securing orders from the Indian Army for the UAV Launched Precision Guided Munition (ULPGM). This advanced weapon system was jointly developed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), showcasing the successful collaboration between the private sector and the government in strengthening India’s defence prowess.
The deliveries of the ULPGM are set to commence in the last quarters of the financial year 2023-24, marking a critical milestone in the adoption of cutting-edge technology by the Indian Army. The UAV Launched Precision Guided Munition had previously undergone successful developmental trials earlier this year, attesting to its effectiveness and reliability in combat situations.
The ULPGM is a standout, autonomous, air-to-surface weapon system designed to be released from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Its capabilities extend to hitting and destroying both static and moving targets with precision and accuracy. The weapon system boasts a range of over 3-4 kilometres, making it an invaluable asset for engaging targets at a safe distance.
A key highlight of the ULPGM is its low cost, compact size, and lightweight design, ensuring optimal performance while minimizing logistical complexities. With its high accuracy engagement, the ULPGM is ideally suited for ground targets, although it is versatile enough to be effectively employed against aerial targets as well.
The ULPGM’s uncooled Infrared (IR) seeker guidance system empowers it with exceptional target-tracking capabilities, ensuring accurate strikes on intended objectives. The weapon system is equipped with multiple warhead options, including an Anti-Personnel warhead, Roof Buster warhead, and Anti-Armour/Anti-tank warhead. This diverse range of warheads enables the ULPGM to effectively neutralize various types of targets with precision.
Adani Defence is set to integrate and conduct testing of the ULPGM from Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as the Archer SR-UAV and Archer-NG MALE UAV. This integration showcases the adaptability of the weapon system, allowing it to be effectively deployed from different platforms to suit various operational requirements.
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