The Indian Army, on Tuesday, contracted an unspecified number of Israeli SpyLite mini surveillance drones for its infantry units deployed along the high altitude range of the India-China border. Infantry units had demanded mini-drones that could be operated from Ladakh and across from Aksai Chin to keep an eye on the movement of Chinese forces.
"SpyLite is an advanced, combat-proven, electric, mini unmanned aerial system. It is optimized to offer covert, extended range real-time visual intelligence. Fully autonomous, from launch to accurate parachute recovery, the system delivers enhanced reliability even in severe weather conditions, assuring long endurance, high operational availability," the company claims.
Cyient Solutions & Systems bags its first order to provide #highaltitude #aerialsurveillance #UAVs to the #IndianArmy. SpyLite was the only #UAVsystem to successfully complete and pass the #army trials. https://t.co/Kc3m9xK52q— Cyient (@Cyient) September 4, 2018
The Indian Army had floated a tender last year for mini-drones capable of sending real-time inputs in the form of imagery and electronic data with a range of 200 kilometers. Using high-end payloads, the SpyLite delivered high-quality day and night videos, an impressive control range and ensured a high level of safety with an automatic return home function during the trial, according to Indian officials.
Last week, the Indian Army published another request for information announcing interest in acquiring slightly higher performance mini-drones for high altitude surveillance operations.