Date: December 25, 2014
Panchi is the wheeled version of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Nishant capable of taking-off and landing using small airstrips.The UAV Panchi has all the surveillance capabilities of UAV Nishant. However, it will have longer endurance as it does not have to carry the air bags and parachute system as in the case of UAV Nishant.
The conventional Nishant UAV already inducted in Army is a multi-mission UAV with Day/Night operational capability, launched from an all-terrain hydro-pneumatic launcher and is recovered with the help of on board parachute system and an underbelly airbag.It is designed for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, target tracking& localization, and artillery fire correction.The electro-optic payloads are mounted on a stabilized steerable platform.A sophisticated image processing system is used for analyzing the images transmitted from the UAV.The aircraft has a jam resistant command link and digital down link for transmission of imagery.The air vehicle has autonomous flight capabilities and is controlled from a user friendly Ground Control Station.
Why in News- Panchi has recently completed its first flight successfully.
Suggested questions for prelims-
1- What is Panchi; UAV and Nishant?