Meet Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 'PANCHI'

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Panchi, a light version of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant with its own wheels, has successfully been flight tested by the DRDO.

Key Points

  • Its biggest advantage over 'UAV Nishant' is its ability to wheel around - which the former can't - giving it more operational efficiency.
  • Its lighter and enjoy a better capable of ditching radars due to low radar cross-section signature.
  • It possess a longer endurance thanks to the light weight (380 kg), as it does not need air bags and parachute system like Nishant.
  • To sweeten the deal - the small size make it capable of taking-off and landing using small airstrips. 
  • It will be used for reconnaissance, battlefield surveillance, target tracking and localization and artillery fire correction. 

What is Radar cross-section (RCS)?

  • RCS is a measure of how big a trail you leave for the radar to catch you. A bigger signature means being more detectable.


  • Panchi has autonomous flight capabilities and is controlled from a user friendly Ground Control Station (GCS).
  • It can travel with maximum speed upto 185 km/hour and reach the height of 3.6 kilometer up the ground.
  • Its developed by DRDO at the Pune-based Aeronautical Development Establishment. 

UAV Nishant

  • The UAV is a multi-mission system capable of operating during days as well as night.
  • Its launched by a catapult and has to use parachute for landing.
  • Its equipped with a sophisticated image processing system to help it track enemy. 
  • The vehicle is already inducted in Army.
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