Meet Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 'PANCHI'
Panchi, a light version of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant with its own wheels, has successfully been flight tested by the DRDO.
- 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.
- 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.