SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
HAL is reportedly exploring the possibility of creating an armed variant of its RUAV-200 drone. The RUAV-200 is a medium-altitude long-endurance drone developed by HAL for surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition missions.
The armed variant of the drone would be equipped with weapons systems that could be used for offensive missions. HAL’s decision to develop an armed drone comes at a time when India’s military is looking to increase its unmanned capabilities.
The development of an armed variant of the RUAV-200 would provide the military with a powerful new tool to help maintain India’s territorial integrity and respond to threats from neighboring countries.
The RUAV-200 drone is a utility coaxial rotor helicopter cargo drone capable of carrying payloads of up to 40kg with an All Up Weight (AUW) of 200kg. It has an endurance of 4.5 hours, a data line range of 100km, and a service ceiling of 6km. At 5.5km above sea level, the RUAV-200 can carry a payload of 30kg. The Indian Army plans to acquire the RUAV-200 to transport supplies to troops stationed in the North Eastern sector.
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