HAL tests rotary drone co-developed with IIT-K

It can operate for an hour and travel eight to 10 km.

A 10 kg rotary drone co-developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and IIT-Kanpur was recently flown for the first time in Bengaluru, the defence public sector company said on Friday.

The 10-minute flight of the helicopter-like RUAV or the Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was powered by a 2-stroke petrol engine. The RUAV can carry a 2.5-kg payload or instrument including a live-streaming video camera. It can operate for an hour and travel 8-10 km, a statement said.

“With this demonstration, HAL’s Rotary Wing R&D Centre is well poised to undertake development of [heavier] rotary UAVs with weapons as payloads,” HAL chairman and managing director T. Suvarna Raju was quoted as saying.

Apart from military and civil helicopters, the centre is designing and developing rotary UAVs for defence, paramilitary forces and homeland security. The RUAV is the first outcome of HAL’s R&D tie-ups with academic institutions such as IITs of Madras, Roorkee, Kharagpur, Bombay, Kanpur and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

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