Govt to introduce Unmanned Aerial vehicles

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is considering the use of high-tech radio monitoring devices like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UHV) for catering to any short notice multi-linear operation in disaster management, health services and security. Tata Advanced Systems today made a presentation about the technologies and utilities of newly developed Mini Unmanned Ariel Vehicle at a meeting here.

These mini Ariel vehicles have been designed with state-of-art aerodynamic features for carrying out a wide variety of tactical and operational roles, they said adding that it can perform difficult tasks without involving any risk to human who commands the vehicle.

Theses Ariel vehicles can be carried form one point to the other for immediate deployment. Theses are designed for autonomous hand launch and soft belly landing. On launching, theses UAVs are noiseless and generally difficult to be detected in the sky. They carry single or dual sensors like high resolution CCD camera, and IR/TI night cameras, the company informed the chief secretary B K Patnaik during the presentation.

Data from the onboard camera is received in real time on the ground control Display Monitor. The vehicle can be controlled and monitored by a hand held ground control station with a laptop type gadget, they said adding that the weight of the vehicle of different size varies form 500 gms to 5 kgs and have an endurance ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

It`s range is from 10 to 25 kms. The device and its operation is less costly and simple for deployment and use. An estimate said that one full unit costs around Rs 85 lakhs to Rs 1 cr. and the flying cost of a mini vehicle per hour may come around Rs 22,000 which was much less than any helicopter or aircraft.

The vehicle can be put to multifarious use like disaster management, tracking whether relief reaches the victim, crowd monitoring, traffic management, monitoring of special events, management of forest fires, wildlife tracking and monitoring, administering of health services and others.

The device can also provide for Geo-Fencing and can be utilized for police deployment, protection of critical assets of the state, protection of important buildings, coastal /port/ harbor surveillance, detection of illegal mining and transportation. The Chief Secretary has advised department secretaries to examine the operational side and asses its applicability in Odishan topography and other conditions.