New Delhi (Sputnik):Â The Indian Army has launched the procurement process forÂ remotely piloted aircraft systemÂ that canÂ operate atÂ a height ofÂ over 18,000 feetÂ orÂ 5,500 metersÂ toÂ keep an eye onÂ the activities ofÂ China nearÂ the loosely demarcated borderÂ called Line ofÂ Actual Control (LAC).
The details provided inÂ the request forÂ information (RFI) issued onÂ August 31 indicate that the Indian Army wants such a system, which would require only aboutÂ 30 minutes and two soldiers forÂ complete assembly inÂ posts located atÂ higher altitudes.
They also need toÂ be equipped withÂ three complete sets ofÂ sensor packages withÂ day and night capabilities and two airborne data relays toÂ control the unmanned system beyondÂ the line ofÂ sight.
“The mission range should not be less thanÂ 10 kilometers, withÂ loiter time ofÂ minimum 45 minutes atÂ the maximum range,” the RFI document reads.
As per the document, the Indian Army will come upÂ with a formal tender byÂ April 2019 and manufacturers or vendors should deliver the system byÂ 2020.
The Indian Army has been demanding mini-drones forÂ a long time inÂ order toÂ modernize the infantry. It is believed that every soldier would receive atÂ least one mini-drone that could be used forÂ monitoring the movement ofÂ foreign forces.