SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is taking strides towards enhancing its surveillance capabilities with the issuance of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Indigenous Design, Development, and Manufacturing of High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS).
The need for an innovative solution arises from the absence of technology capable of providing extended and continuous surveillance over an area. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) emerges as a promising solution—a solar-powered unmanned aircraft system designed to operate at high altitudes for prolonged durations, above the troposphere. Equipped with mission-specific sensors, HAPS offers the potential to significantly enhance the IAF’s ability to fulfil its primary responsibilities and gather mission-critical data.
In line with India’s commitment to bolster its defence capabilities and promote self-reliance in defence production, the IAF aims to collaborate with the indigenous defence production industry. This partnership seeks to design, develop, and manufacture the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) under the Make-I (Government Funded) procedure, as outlined in Chapter III of the Defense Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
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