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UAV ‘Nishant’ completes confirmatory flight trials Nishant, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed the series of confirmatory trials conducted by the Indian Army at Chandan Range Pokharan recently. One of the significant features of UAV Nishant is that it is capable of being launched from a hydro pneumatic launcher, without the need of a runway. The system consists of the air vehicle supported by “ground control station” equipment mounted on “Tatra” vehicles. It has endurance up to 4.5 hrs. It has been designed to facilitate recovery at a desired place with the help of parachutes and landing bags. Nishant can be used in roles like battle field reconnaissance (day and night), surveillance, target tracking and localization and correction of artillery fire. Nishant has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO laboratory specializing in UAVs, Flight Control Systems and Simulators, in partnership with other DRDO laboratories namely Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), Pune and Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra.