National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 17 November 2017
In the keynote address, the Commander-in-Chief highlighted the importance of RPA’s in the present day maritime strategy and that “RPA’s have evolved as a major force multiplier in the modern day battlefield. This seminar serves as an important platform for jointmanship in the field of RPA operations and training. The experience gained from this seminar would further enhance our capability and Indian Navy’s potential as a dominant force in the Indian Ocean Region.
India had acquired the RPA, then known as Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) technology from Israel in 2002 and the Navy has completed 15 years of its operations. The RPAs operated by all three services are similar and are manufactured by Israel.
A need was felt to consolidate and share the knowledge with various stake holders such as Army, Navy, Air Force, DRDO, NTRO and the International developers of the RPAs to take the next step into the future of RPA technology. The theme for the RPA seminar was ‘Technological/Operational Challenges in Future RPA Operations”.
A total of 10 papers were presented in the seminar in which the modern platforms under development in America and Israel, various aspects of training and difficulties faced in present day operations were also discussed.
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