The Indian military has awarded a new contract to local tech firm IdeaForge to supply additional SWITCH 1.0 drones to enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities along its border with China.
The SWITCH 1.0 is an indigenous fixed-wing drone reportedly designed for the most demanding surveillance missions, capable of operating at high altitudes and in harsh environments.
The unmanned aircraft is equipped with a 1280×720 pixel 25x optical zoom daylight camera and a thermal imaging 640×480 pixel infrared camera for taking photos and video during nighttime operations.
In January 2021, the Indian Army signed a $20 million contract to purchase a SWITCH drone high-altitude variant from the company. IdeaForge stated it has fulfilled the contract, delivering the drones within a year.