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Hyderabad-based UAV TECH PRIVATE LIMITED has recently introduced the M165 series, showcasing its prowess in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. The M165 series encompasses a range of capabilities, from long-range military operations to versatile cargo and logistics solutions. In this article, we delve into the key features and specifications of the M165 series, with a focus on the ISTAR variant, as well as the VTOL and STOL variants designed for cargo and logistics applications.

The M165 ISTAR variant stands out as a specialized tactical UAV designed for long-range military operations. With a wingspan of 4.5 meters, a length of 3.4 meters, and a height of 1.1 meters, this UAV boasts impressive performance characteristics. It can take off in less than 50 meters of runway distance and reach an altitude of up to 16,000 feet in just 12 minutes.

Key Features:

  • Dual sensor-based EO-IR stabilized HD camera
  • 40x visual zoom, object tracking, AI recognition, and geolocation locking capabilities
  • General characteristics include a forward propulsion system with a 29 hp IC engine
  • 62% indigenous content, showcasing the company’s commitment to local innovation

Performance Metrics:

  • Cruise speed: 27.78 m/s (100 kmph)
  • Stall speed: 23.05 m/s (83 kmph)
  • Max. speed: 37.5 m/s (135 kmph)
  • Max. range: 1500 km
  • Max. operating altitude: 5000 m (MSL)
  • Max. rate of climb: 5 m/s

The M165 VTOL variant is a fully autonomous hybrid electric UAV with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. It can carry a maximum payload of 30 kg over an operating range with a ground control system (GCS) of 75 kilometers at higher ceiling altitudes. This UAV is specifically designed for transporting small ISO standard packages and is optimized for fuel efficiency to achieve better performance at cost-effective operating rates.

The M165 STOL variant, a modular version of VTOL, is engineered to operate with a take-off runway distance of less than 50 meters. It comes with an additional 50% cargo and range capabilities, making it an attractive solution for logistics service operators aiming for better profit margins. The aircraft’s design focuses on providing higher cargo volumes at cost-effective freight rates, addressing the evolving needs of the logistics industry.

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