DRISHTI 10 STARLINER (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     11th January 2024        

Context: Chief of Naval Staff recently flagged off the first indigenously manufactured Drishti 10 'Starliner' Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the Navy.

Drishti 10 ‘Starliner

  • About: The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is proudly produced within the country.
  • Developer: Adani Defence and Aerospace spearheaded the development of this UAV.
  • Advanced ISR Platform: Boasting a 36-hour endurance and a 450 kg payload capacity, it serves as a cutting-edge intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform.
  • All-Weather Military Capability: This UAV holds clearance for flights in both segregated and unsegregated airspace, functioning seamlessly in all weather conditions.
  • Enhanced Naval Capabilities: Designed with high endurance, combat-proven capabilities, and advanced features, it significantly enhances India’s naval prowess.
  • Autonomous Operation: The UAV's autonomous nature, combined with mission effectiveness and adaptable payload configurations, renders it invaluable for strategic operations.
  • Minimal Maintenance Requirements: A standout feature of the Drishti 10 ‘Starliner’ is its minimal maintenance needs, ensuring cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency.
  • Operational Readiness: The low maintenance requirements contribute to increased operational readiness, minimizing downtime, and maximizing deployment opportunities.
  • Advanced Communication Systems: Equipped with state-of-the-art communication systems, including satellite communication and Line-of-Sight (LOS) data links, it ensures reliable and secure data transmission.