August 21, 2013: As the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) scene heats up, this year's Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in Washington saw participation from India and China, with the latter showcasing a privately developed rotorcraft UAV, the SVU-200. With the show this year signalling a shift towards civilian use of UAVs, the SVU-200 developed by Chinese firm Hubei Ewatt, is being developed for policing, urban reconnaissance, film production and recreational flying.
The Indian armed forces have expressed a requirement for rotorcraft UAVs, with the Indian Navy evaluating several platforms, including the Northrop Grumman Fire Scout. HAL and IAI have also been labouring to prove the Naval Rotary UAV (NRUAV) without success so far. HAL is also considering an unmanned package on the Dhruv platform.