SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Indian Navy is collaborating with Indian private sector companies to develop a family of unmanned vehicles powered by a ground-based power source and capable of patrolling or gathering intelligence along India’s vast coastline.
Tethered Underwater Drones will allow the Indian Navy ability to travel longer distances underwater which could increase endurance from a few hours to 1-2 days for 24×7 monitoring of an area of interest.
Due to the growing presence of the Chinese Navy, which is keen to secure its shipping routes in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Indian Navy is looking to acquire Tethered Underwater Drones ranging in size from man-portable to as large as a small hatchback to improve situational awareness.
Indian Navy is also working with state-owned shipyards in development of Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) that can be integrated with advanced surveillance sensors, weapons, and drones that can also be configured to carry out mine countermeasures, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare missions.
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