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9th May, 2024 Security


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  • First indigenous bomber UAV unveiled in Bengaluru.

About FWD-200B

  • It is India’s first indigenous bomber UAV aircraft- FWD-200B developed by Flying Wedge Defence, one of the pioneers in India’s defense and aerospace technology sector.
  • It has a payload capacity of 100 kgs
  • It is classified as a MALE Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (medium-altitude, long-endurance).
  • The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) consists of optical surveillance payloads and is integrated with missile-like weapons for precision air strikes.
  • While having a max speed of 200 kts/370 kmph, it has an endurance capacity of 12-20 hours.


  • While the US Predator costs Rs 250 crores, the indigenous FWD-200B, built with state-of-the-art technology and manufactured in India, costs a mere Rs 25 crores.
  • This not only demonstrates our commitment to self-reliance but also positions India as a leader in cost-effective defense solutions.




Q. Consider the following statements about “FWD-200B” recently developed in India:

  1. It is India’s first indigenous bomber UAV aircraft.
  2. It was developed by Hindustan Aeronautic Limited in India.
  3. It is classified as a MALE Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (medium-altitude, long-endurance) and consists of optical surveillance payloads.
  4. It was developed at the cost of 250 crores comparable to US Predator.

How many of the above statements is/are correct?

A. Only one

B.Only two

C.Only three

D. All Four

Answer: A