Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
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Topic: drones

‘Phoenix Ghost’ — mystery suicide drone US ‘rapidly developed’ to send to Ukraine

Developed by the US Air Force, the Phoenix Ghost drone is a UAV that uses the kamikaze technique to destroy its target.

Drones could help with quicker detection of drug-resistant TB, ICMR study says

ICMR researchers discuss sputum transportation by unmanned aerial vehicles in a paper published in the journal 'Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene'.

CSIR-NAL’s new solar-powered UAV can help border surveillance, improve communications

At Wings India 2022 civil aviation event last month, organisation demonstrated functional, sub-scale model that runs on solar power during day & high-density lithium ion batteries at night.

Defence innovation will cost money, private control. Else be happy with drone light shows

Govt procedures that masquerade as safety nets for minimising financial loss can only stifle innovation. Modi govt's well-intentioned iDEX scheme seems headed that way.

The ‘make in India’ dream of an IIT-Delhi startup whose drones lit up sky at Beating the Retreat

The drones are the brainchild of BotLab Dynamics — a startup led by 2 IIT Delhi & a University of Illinois alumni. Even the drone body was made by a Seelampur fruit basket maker.

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.

US offers India discount on Guardian drones, proposes to set up maintenance facility too

In 2018, the US had offered India the armed version of the Guardian drones, which were originally authorised in surveillance configuration.

3 years after acquiring Italian drone company, Hong Kong firm being probed for arms law breach

According to media reports, Italian authorities claim Mars (HK), which acquired Alpi Aviation in 2018, is a front for 2 China state-owned firms.

Navy to tweak its aircraft carrier plan to accommodate surveillance and attack drones

Combination of manned & unmanned systems would mean overall displacement of proposed third aircraft carrier would reduce from 65,000 tonnes, while also decreasing cost.

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.

On Camera

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Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

Defence

By special arrangement

Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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