2008-07-02 IndiaIndia successfully flies Nishant UAV for the first time
Nishant, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by DRDO for Indian Army was successfully flight tested near Kolar in Karnataka. The state-of-the-art UAV is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore jointly with Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, Dehradun, Research and Development (Engineers), Pune and Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment, Agra.
Nishant is one of the few UAVs in the World in its weight class capable of being catapult launch and recovered by using parachute thus eliminating need for runway as in the case of conventional take off and landing with wheels. Nishant has completed development Phase and User trials. The present flight tests are Pre Confirmatory Trials before induction into Services. The flight test was witnessed by user representatives, in the presence of Senior Scientists of DRDO.