February 7, 2015

Indian Navy issues RfI for tactical UASs

The Indian Navy (IN) is seeking to buy a fleet of about 50 tactical shipborne unmanned aerial systems (UASs) under its Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS) programme, according to a request for information (RfI) issued by the Directorate of Naval Air Staff (DNAS) on 5 February.
The deadline for responses is 5 March.
The UASs are to be used to improve India's monitoring of sea lanes of communication (SLOCs) and exclusive economic zones, for anti-piracy and anti-terrorism missions, in search and rescue, and to provide automated identification system (AIS) inputs for ship tracking.
According to the RfI, the UASs should be capable of day and night operations from naval vessels 50 m or longer, both with and without helicopter decks.


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