As the Indian government seeks to promote independent manufacturing and self-reliance, UAV is a key area of concern. Although India imports advanced UAVs for the armed forces, domestic UAVs have proved their courage in a variety of uses.
The novel coronavirus pneumonia, which is independently designed and developed, has played a role in disinfectant in the areas where the crowns are crowded with hot crowds, and the flow of people is high and the recent battle against locusts. Experts working in this field also believe that expanding local UAV manufacturing can not only promote local industry, but also create millions of jobs in various industries. Novel coronavirus pneumonia flew into the sky shortly after the outbreak of new crown pneumonia in India’s main city in March, spraying disinfectants in the crowded city space. Drones help municipalities fight deadly epidemics. UAVs from educational institutions and private companies are widely used for rapid and effective area disinfection. More importantly, some UAV models also burn gasoline, so they can run longer without worrying about longer charging time.
Recently, the Ministry of civil aviation of India also allowed the Ministry of agriculture to use engine driven UAVs (with a full load weight of less than 50kg) for night flight, thus avoiding spraying pesticides on Locusts in some northwest regions. So far, only Indian defense forces drones can fly day and night. This license is seen as a major boost to manufacturers who independently develop this technology. This may mean that UAV manufacturers, engineers and other parties in the supply chain have more opportunities to contribute in a greater way.
The UAV manufactured by Abdul Kalam advanced UAV research center in Chennai, India has become one of the UAVs to fight locusts in Rajasthan. Three drones and eight pilots have camped in the state to assist the authorities in using traditional methods to avoid the threat of locusts. Dr. K. senthilkumar of chennaina University pointed out that gasoline powered UAVs are the trend of the future, and they have a wide range of applications, because gasoline powered UAVs have several advantages over battery powered UAVs. Our gasoline powered UAV can fly continuously for 40 minutes and needs maintenance every 50 hours. Battery powered UAVs need to process battery packs every 100 flights.
Our UAV can last 40 minutes on 3.5 liters of fuel, while the battery UAV can only fly for 10 minutes before landing and charging. The aircraft’s fuel tank capacity in Rajasthan can hold 18 liters of liquid (disinfectant or insecticide), using ultra low volume sprayer, which is highly efficient and reduces waste. Dr Senthilkumar, director of the Abdul Kalam advanced UAV Research Center, told WION that one of our UAVs could spray 5000 square meters of spray in 40 minutes of flight.
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