SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
State-owned PSU ADE and HAL have showcased a Medium altitude long-endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at DefExpo 2022. MALE Class UAV is presently undergoing design validation tests and soon will enter the fabrication stage. idrw.org has been told that this MALE UAV will be designed both with a primary mission of reconnaissance, surveillance, and communications relay and an Unmanned Combat Drone variant with six hardpoints.
Both variants of the MALE UAV will be powered by a 220 HP Diesel Engine that is been designed by the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) in collaboration with a Private sector company. MALE UAV uses a single turboprop engine in a pusher configuration.
MALE UAV will have an all-up weight of less than 2 tons with weapons and most of the technology will come from Tapas (engine, satcom, Payload sensor, and Auto Take n Landing system ) but with a slightly lower altitude operations ceiling.
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