SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has begun delivering its ALS 50 loitering munition to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This drone is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and has demonstrated its ability to conduct precise strikes during trials and tests.
The IAF has procured 100 ALS 50 loitering munitions, and delivery is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The drone has a length of 2.4 meters, a wingspan of 3.8 meters, and a maximum takeoff weight of 50 kg.
It has a cruise speed of 100 km/h, an endurance of over 1 hour, and a range of more than 50 km. The ALS 50 is equipped with a chin-mounted electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) turret, a rear-mounted engine, and a fixed landing gear with four legs. It can carry various anti-personnel and anti-armour warheads, weighing up to 6 kg, including an explosively formed penetrator (EFP).
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