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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

RUAV-200 a coaxial rotor helicopter drone developed in partnership by HAL with DRDO’s ADE and IIT Kanpur will be used as a Mule Drone for High Altitude Logistics operations by the Indian Army. As per information coming out of Aero India 2021, the Indian Army wants to use RUAV-200 drone for transporting not only rations but also materials in unfriendly terrains.

According to HAL, a 200 kg RUAV-200 drone will be able to carry a 30-40kg payload in the Northern regions, large High Altitude Areas where supply lines in these areas have to be maintained either through helicopters, Porters, or Mules/local ponies. Mule drones shall provide a more reliable supply chain route for provisioning troops based at High Altitude Areas.

RUAV-200 according to HAL will have its first flight by June 2022 and design has been fine-tuned for high altitudes operations and work on vendor selection and tenders for the engine have been issued. HAL says that the Mule drone can take off and land and operate without a remote pilot and can complete its mission autonomously with pre-defined waypoints.

SPECIFICATIONS

Max-Take off Weight: 200kg

Speed: 100kmph @6km

Max Range: 100 km

Max Endurance : 3 Hours

Service Ceiling: 6000m

Hover Ceiling: 5500m

Max Payload : 30kgs

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