FWD-200B (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     8th May 2024        
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Context: The FWD-200B, India's inaugural indigenous bomber UAV aircraft, crafted by Flying Wedge Defence, an Indian defense and aerospace firm, was recently revealed.


  • About: It is an indigenous military grade bomber unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), marking India's pioneering step into unmanned bomber aircraft technology.
  • Origin: Designed and manufactured by Flying Wedge Defence and Aerospace Technologies, an Indian defense and aerospace company, showcasing India's capability in homegrown defense technology.

  • Payload Capacity: Classified as a MALE (medium-altitude, long-endurance) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle, boasting a payload capacity of 100 kg, suitable for various military operations.
  • Integrated Features: The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) of FWD-200B includes optical surveillance payloads and is equipped with missile-like weapons, enabling precise air strikes with strategic advantage.
  • Specifications: With a maximum speed of 370 kmph (200 knots) and an endurance capacity ranging from 12 to 20 hours, FWD-200B offers significant operational flexibility.

o Its ground control station range extends up to 200 km, ensuring effective remote operation and control.