The first visuals of the Polish Warmate loitering drones in the possession of the Indian Army recently surfaced on X, formerly known as Twitter.
- It is a micro loitering munition developed by Polish company WB Electronics.
- It is a combat mini UAV that provides a highly targeted strike capability.
- It is a multi-role system performing multiple tasks depending on the type of head installed.
- It has a take-off weight of 4kg.
- Speed and Range: It can fly at a maximum velocity of 150km/h and can operate over a line of sight (LOS) range of 10km.
- Endurance: It has the ability to stay in the air for up to 30 minutes.
- Its maximum flying altitudes are 500m above ground level (AGL) and 3,000m above mean sea level (AMSL).
- The operating altitudes of the UAV vary from 30m to 200m above the ground level (AGL).
- It can be operated from military vehicle platforms such as infantry or armoured personnel carriers.
- It can carry a variety of warheads, including high-explosive, anti-tank, and thermobaric.
- It is equipped with a variety of sensors, including a day/night camera and a laser target designator.
What is a Loitering Munition?
- It is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is designed to self-destruct after serving its purpose.
- The name “loitering” derives from a defining characteristic: the ability to “loiter” in the air for an extended period of time before striking, giving the targeter time to decide when and what to strike.
Q1) What is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)?
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft that operates without a human pilot on board. UAVs are remotely controlled or autonomously programmed to perform various tasks, including surveillance, data collection, aerial photography, reconnaissance, and even delivery.