SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Archer Short Range unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is planning to commence weapons trials in the first half of 2023 after it concluded various integration and captive trials of the various bombs and missiles that are specifically developed for the UAV segment.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) along with a Private sector company will be manufacturing 4 Limited Series production Archer SR-UAVs that will be used for developmental and weapons trials.
The Archer has a 220km range and 12h endurance, Developers of the Archer have claimed that at least on paper it is superior to the now-framed Bayraktar TB2 in terms of performance and capabilities but until it is accepted by the Indian Armed forces in considerable numbers such claims will have little weight. idrw.org has been told that the Indian Armed forces might have combined requirements for 100 Archer-type SR-UAVs if it can meet its requirements and clear all Developmental cum user trials.
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