What is the UAV 'Nagastra'?

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Overview:

Solar Industries Nagpur recently bagged an order to supply the UAV 'Nagastra' to the Indian Army, beating competitors from Israel and Poland.

About Nagastra:

  • It is India's first indigenous loitering munition which can strike enemy targets with precision.
  • It has been designed and developed by Economics Explosives Ltd (EEL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Solar Industries Nagpur, in association with Z-Motion, Bangalore.
  • It has an indigenous content of more than 75 per cent.
  • Features:
    • It can neutralize any hostile threat with GPS-enabled precision strikes with an accuracy of 2 m.
    • It has an endurance of 60 min with a man-in-loop range of 15 km and an autonomous mode range of 30 km.
    • In addition to day-night surveillance cameras, it is equipped with fragmenting warhead to defeat soft-skin targets.
    • In case a target is not detected or if the mission is aborted, the loiter munition can be called back and made a soft landing with a parachute recovery mechanism, enabling it to be reused multiple times.
  • Why is it called a loitering munition?
    • The Nagastra can loiter around in the air and strike when the target reaches the spot.
    • It hits in a kamikaze mode (suicidal attack), destroying the target and itself.

 


Q1) What is a kamikaze drone?

Kamikaze drones - also known as loitering munitions or suicide drones - are similar to precision missiles and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), but with some distinct differences. Unlike missiles, a kamikaze drone is capable of occupying an airspace - known as loitering - for a relatively long period of time before engaging a target.

Source: Solar Industries to supply UAV 'Nagastra' to Indian Army