Thales eyes India for supply of UAVs, radars

Thales is eyeing India for offering its latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and radars in view of the growing demand for them in the country.

"We are in discussions with a couple of companies in India and checking what can we do with them," said Thibault Trancart, Vice President, Marketing and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategic Projects of Thales.

"We have got BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL), a Joint Venture Company between Bharat Electronics Limited and Thales, where we are developing a fire control radar for both gun and missile systems," he said.

"We are doing some radars locally with some industries and transferring some know how for the benefit of the Indian market," Trancart said.

About Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

  • An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.
  • UAV innovations started in the early 1900s and originally focused on providing practice targets for training military personnel.
  • The earliest attempt at a powered UAV was A. M. Low's "Aerial Target" in 1916.
  • The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers.
  • Use of UAVs is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications, such as policidng, peacekeeping, and surveillance, product deliveries, aerial photography, agriculture, smuggling, and drone racing.
  • UAVs typically fall into one of six functional categories (although multi-role airframe platforms are becoming more prevalent):
    • Target and decoy – providing ground and aerial gunnery a target that simulates an enemy aircraft or missile
    • Reconnaissance – providing battlefield intelligence
    • Combat – providing attack capability for high-risk missions
    • Logistics – delivering cargo
    • Research and development – improve UAV technologies
    • Civil and commercial UAVs – agriculture, aerial photography, data collection