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Army to acquire UAVs by mid-2007

The first fleet of the indigenously built Unmanned Aerial Vehicle "Nishant" will be delivered to the Army by mid-2007.

The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) conducted the UAV's 106th flight trial, which included a successful launch and recovery exercise.

"The uniqueness of Nishant is that it has no wheels at the bottom and is ready for launch and recovery from any point," said G Elangovan, Director of the ADE.

The Indian Army has already placed orders for the UAV with the Bangalore-based ADE, and the first fleet will be delivered by the middle of next year.

"Nishant will be a state-of-the-art UAV that will be acquired by the Army after Lakshaya, which is presently used as an aerial target system for shooting," said Programme Director Natarajan.

Further, he added that besides military purposes, the UAV would also be used for civilian applications. (PTI).

Source: NDTV.Com

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