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Hyper Spectral imagery to track the suspicious movements in dense foliage areas. The Indian air force has commissioned the development of an aerial surveillance system for monitoring suspicious movements under dense foliage cover along the international border and some parts within the country. This hyper spectral imagery program, a first for the country, seeks to locate and identify suspicious movements and is expected to be operational in the next two years. What the program would mean is that the data gathered from aerial sources would be processed within minutes , and researchers would be able to tell security forces on the ground of “unwanted” human presence in the area,their numbers and location, among other inputs.

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The IAF is spending 13 crore INR for the program in which human resources from premier research and education institutions across the country are being put together , and has roped in senior researcher and led technologist of Indian origin from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the chief technologist for the program.
“for the first time, we will be having multi-sensor data fusion that will help
identify and adversary . we have mandate to change the way we fight the war.The IAF is willing to wait for the couple of years to reap the benefits,” said a senior in IAF’s Air Warfare Strategy Cell.some agencies in India tried to work on the technology, but have not succedded”, sources added.

Boeing: AH-64 Apache. The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of Jan 2015) more than 3.9 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1984.

The IAF, which had traced the work of Houston based senior scientist Kumar Krishen’s work for nearly three years, finally roped him in after he quit NASA in September 2018.
“This is unique patent application, which will help detect or identify the presence of human below trees,dense foliage , shrubs or inside a structure ,whether it is day or night. It can detect human presence from air even if there a cloud cover.”

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