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Speck, Israel Aerospace to produce UAVs

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HYDERABAD: Speck Systems, a manufacturer, integrator and designer of products and computer-based solutions for improving situational awareness, will extend manufacturing and support services for mini and micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI).

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, K. C. M. Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of Speck Systems, said his company was the first in India to invest on developing technology for manufacturing of UAVs on a large scale. The company had the strength to understand the real-time access to mission critical information. It could provide single-window solutions to the increasing requirements of military and civilian applications.

The company would develop domestic market and also expand to countries where the Israeli partners had agreements.

The agreement paved the way for making the products indigenously to an extent of 30-40 per cent and the initial investment was expected to be about Rs. 100 crore.

To begin with, the target application would be for military, homeland security, disaster management and police.

Speck Systems was also planning to launch commercial production of optical cameras for capturing aerial digital images. “We have gone for the calibration tests in the U.S. and hope to get into commercial production and supply even to the developed markets in the next six months,” Mr. Kumar said.

The company was proposing to deploy light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology in the country whenever the Government granted permission.

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