By Staff Correspondent
India’s search for a military-grade armed remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) seems to have ended with successfully testing the PALM-400 (precision attack loitering system), a game-changer for India’s defence capabilities. Developed as a joint venture between AVision Systems (Israel), UVision Air Limited, and Aditya Precitech Private Ltd (APPL), the RPV underwent stringent parameter testing, including motion control, motor control, signal integrity, and navigational accuracy, at the highest altitude in Sikkim.
Equipped with next-generation dual electro-optical and infrared cameras with alternative navigation systems, the PALM-400 can provide battlefield planners with map data and airstrikes with intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities. With a firing range of over 100 km, the RPVs can also offer critical military logistic support.
The contract was awarded to the Israeli entity following an open tender (Request for Proposals or RFP in military parlance). While the RPV’s performance in combat situations remains to be seen, it represents a promising development that could revolutionise India’s defence capabilities in RPVs.