SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
DR D.K Sunil (Director Engg-RD ) HAL has confirmed that CATS Warrior, an autonomous wingman drone capable of Auto take-off and landing with an All-up weight of 1600kg will commence its first flight by end of 2024 or in early 2025.
CATS Warrior which features an Internal Weapons Bay (IWB) will be able to carry DRDO-developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) precision-guided bomb plus two ASRAAM Close Combat Missiles for its protection.
Sunil claimed that critical technologies like all-electric landing gear, wheels, brakes and FCS actuators have been developed. CATS Warrior will have concealed antennae with composite structures and will have an endurance of 2 hours with a service ceiling of 9,000 meters.
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