Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a Multi-copter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that is optimised for high-altitude operations and can tolerate harsh weather conditions of the Himalayan region.

Multi-copter UAS comes with a specifically designed Li-ion battery bank that doesn’t lose power in cold weather conditions and can provide 30 minutes of flight time and can be used in autonomous mode to reach its designation using waypoint location feed into it.

UAS can carry a payload of 5kg and can operate at 14,000 ft altitude at a wind speed of 30kmph. The payload can be a special sensor package or bombs that can be used to take out targets. DRDO is also working on a bigger UAS variant that can carry a 25 to 30-kg payload.