What is the UAV 'Nagastra'?

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The army has got its first indigenous man-portable suicide drones that are designed to target enemy training camps, launch pads and infiltrators with precision, without endangering the lives of soldiers.


  • The Indian army has integrated the Nagastra 1 loitering munition, designed by Economic Explosives Limited (EEL), as its first indigenous man-portable suicide drone.
  • These drones enhance the army's precision strike capabilities against enemy training camps and infiltrators, with a focus on reducing dependence on imports and promoting self-reliance in defence technology.
  • With the potential for exports to friendly nations, Nagastra 1 showcases India's advancement in developing cost-effective solutions for modern warfare.

Key Features:

  • The Nagastra-1 is fully designed and developed in India, with an indigenous content of over 75%.
  • The drone can carry out GPS-enabled precision strikes with an accuracy of 2 meters and has a range of almost 30 km.
  • The drone has a low acoustic signature and electric propulsion, making it a silent killer.
  • The drone has a parachute recovery mechanism, which can bring back the munition in case of an aborted mission, enabling it to be used multiple times.

The drone weighs 6 kg and can stay airborne for up to 60 minutes.

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Source: Army gets its first indigenous man-portable suicide drones - The Economic Times