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UAV: Product portfolio

A160 Turbine (A160T) Hummingbird

It is a multi-mission rotorcraft unmanned air system (UAS) meant for ISR, direct attack; communications relay; precision re-supply; and remote delivery of unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned ground sensors. Its unique optimum speed rotor (OSR) system allows the blade RPM to be tailored to flight conditions to significantly improve engine efficiency. With its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability, the A160T is runway independent and can operate in austere land environments, at sea and in complex urban terrain.

The Hummingbird is designed to fly 2,250 nautical miles, with endurance in excess of 20 hours carrying a payload of more than 300 pounds. The autonomously flown A160T is 35 feet long with a 36-foot rotor diameter. It can fly at an estimated top speed of 165 knots at a ceiling of about 30,000 feet (pending engine certification for that altitude).

 

RQ-15 Neptune

The UAS is a floatable, tactical system which can be operated from both land and sea. It can be launched in sustained headwinds of up to 30 knots, cross winds of up to five knots or inclement weather; day or night. Its engine is mounted above the fuselage as a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). Electronic and sensor system LRUs are protected against corrosion in the maritime environment. It can carry a payload of about 20 lbs, has no landing gear to obscure viewing and comes with removable wings for shipment and storage of vehicle on launcher. Its pre-packaged parachute modules and scuba tanks reduce downtime for thru-flight sorties. Also, its carbon fiber airframe is resilient, damage tolerant and can be easily repaired.

 

 

MQ-8B Fire Scout

This VTOL tactical UAV system has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any aviationcapable warship and at prepared and unprepared landing zones. It is designed to fly at a speed of about 125 knots at a ceiling of about 20.000 feet. It comes with a 600 pound lift capacity and is fully operable between land and sea-based tactical control systems.

MQ-5B Hunter UAS

The multi-mission, medium altitude endurance tactical UAS comes with an automated take-off and landing capability. It features a robust, fixed-wing, twin tail-boom design with redundant control systems powered by two heavy fuel engines, one to ‘push’, one to ‘pull’ the air vehicle. With a gross take-off weight of 1800 pounds, it can fly at altitudes up to 22,000 feet, performing missions up to 15 hours in duration. Its capabilities include a relay mode that allows one Hunter to control another at extended ranges or over terrain obstacles.

 

 

MQ-9 Reaper

The medium-to-high altitude, long endurance UAS is 11m long, having a height of 3.8m and a wingspan of 20.1m. It is designed to fly at a cruise speed of around 200 knots at a ceiling of up to 50,000 feet. It is capable of carrying the payload of 1,701 kg and a maximum take-off weight of 4,760kg.

A fully operational system consists of several air vehicles (with sensors and weapons), a GCS, a Predator Primary Satellite Link (PPSL) and spare equipment along with operations and maintenance crew for deployed locations. The MQ-9 baseline system carries the Multi-spectral Targeting System or MTS-B, which has a robust suite of sensors for targeting.

The unit also incorporates a laser rangefinder/ designator which provides the capability to precisely designate targets for laser-guided munitions. It is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar and can employ four laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Each MQ-9 aircraft system can be disassembled and loaded into a single container for deployment worldwide.

 

 

Cobra

The UAS has a wingspan of 10.2 feet, an overall length of 9.3 feet and maximum gross takeoff weight of more than 100 pounds. Of this, more than 45 pounds are allocated for fuel and payload; therefore, endurance is dependent on payload weight. For example, with a 25-pound payload, Cobra UAS has an endurance of more than 3 hours.

Cobra is equipped with a Desert Aircraft DA-150 engine, an air-cooled, two-cycle, two-cylinder power plant that produces 16.5 horsepower. It uses Cloud Cap Technology’s Piccolo II autopilot for guidance and navigation. Piccolo avionics system includes an autopilot, flight sensors, navigation capability, GPS receiver, wireless communication, payload interfaces, and command and control (C2) data link.

The Raytheon MicroLight data link radio is the UAS’s primary communication link for C2 and data transmission. MicroLight is a miniature, software-defined radio that transports voice, video and data across a UHF network and supports multi-vehicle, networked C2.

 

 

Skylark II

With a mission radius of greater than 60 km (communication range), it can provide continuous, high quality imagery in real-time during day as well as night. This redundant system with a small dual command and control station is equipped for automatic take off and recovery. It comes with a wingspan of 6.5 m, has an endurance of four hours and is designed to fly at an altitude (operational) of 500-5,000 ft.

 

 

Desert Hawk III

The UAS is designed for portability, quick mission planning, hand launched and skid recovery, multimission versatility, enhanced day/night target detection, recognition, identification and covert operations. It is capable of carrying a payload of 1 kg, has an endurance of less than 90 minutes and is 0.91m long. It comes with gyro-stabilised 360-degree sensor turret, colour and low light electro-optical plug-and-play payloads, and roll-stabilised infrared sensor payloads. Desert Hawk III consists of a rugged air vehicle and a lightweight, portable ground station, infl ight control of plug-and-play optical and infrared sensors, terrain avoidance measures, and the ability to provide real-time dynamic in-flight mission and flight profile retasking.

Samarai

Class:
Close-Range

Samarai is mechanically simple with only two moving parts. It is 16 inches long and weighs less than half a pound, thus making it ideal for an operator to carry it in a backpack and launch it from the ground or like a boomerang.

The handheld vehicle is capable of vertical take off and landing, stable hover and on-board video streaming, and is equipped with a camera which provides a 360 degree view of an area.

The High Altitude Airship (HAA)

It is an un-tethered, unmanned lighter-than-air vehicle that operates above the jet stream in a geostationary position. The HAA provides warfighter with an affordable, ever-present ISR and rapid communications connectivity over the entire battle space. According to the company, the technology is available now and is ready for integration and flight test.

 

 

Scorpio 30

The lightweight helicopter is designed for urban operations and comes with a two-blade main rotor with Hiller-type stabilisation paddles, an exposed twoblade tail rotor and landing skids. A sensor turret can be fitted between the landing skids. It is designed to fly at a cruise speed of 27 knots, with endurance of 2 hours carrying a payload of about 15 kg. It is about 2m long and has a max take-off weight of 38 kg.

Tracker

It’s a hand launched twin fuselage air vehicle with overwing sensor pod and twin tractor propellers. The 1.4m long tracker is designed to fly at a cruise speed of 32 knots with a payload weight of 1.80kg and a max take-off weight of 7.50 kg.

 

 

Jasoos II

Designed to fly at a speed of 130 kph and an altitude of 10,000 ft, the UAV is 4.27m long and has a wingspan of 4.92m (shoulder wing monoplane, twin boom). It is capable of carrying a payload of up to 20 kg with an endurance of greater than 5 hours. Its takeoff and landing is controlled manually but once airborne, it can fly autonomously. However, mission can be controlled using line-of-site data links. Jasoos II’s standard variant is equipped with a steerable day/low light camera pod capable of panoramic viewing.

Flamingo

Designed to fly at a speed at 130 kph and an altitude of 12,000-14,000 ft, the UAV is 5.18m long, having a wingspan of 7.315m (shoulder wing monoplane, twin boom) and can carry a maximum takeoff weight of 245 kg. It has an endurance of 6 to 8 hours with a payload carrying capacity of 30 Kg. Flamingo is equipped with an avionics suite which controls it during its beyond visual flight. Although the UAV flies at a pre-programmed path, the mission can be manually altered at any time during the flight by a short radio transmission from the ground.

 

 

ASN-206

The 3.8m long UAV, weighs 222kg (max) and has a wingspan of 6m and an endurance of 4-8 hours. It is designed to fly at a speed of 210km/hr. The UAV is launched by rocket boosters and recovery is by parachute. Equipped with a panoramic camera and an infrared sensing equipment, it is capable of day/night reconnaissance, battlefield damage and casualty assessment, battlefield monitory, target positioning, artillery spotting, border patrol and nuclear radiation probing or sampling.

ASN 104

The UAV is 3.3m long, has a height of 0.9m and weighs 140kg (max). It can be controlled up to a distance of 60 km and has an endurance of 2 hours. Meant for reconnaissance, it is equipped with television imaging system and an aerial camera, (camera can photograph an area up to 1,700km). It is launched by rocket boosters, which are detached after takeoff and recovery is by parachute.

 

 

DRDO

Lakshya

Designed to fly at an altitude of 9km (clean); 6km (tow), it weighs around 700kg, has an endurance of 45 minutes and a cruise speed of 450kmph. The main feature of this pilotless target aircraft (PTA) is the tow target system that makes it cost-effective and versatile. It can carry two tow-targets on wing-mounted pylons. These tow-targets, which trail the mother aircraft by 1.5 km, are modular in construction and can be easily configured to mission requirements. They house radar, visual and infrared augmentation devices, and provide realistic aerial threat simulation. Its zero-length launcher and parachute based recovery systems allows it to be launched from land or ship and also its safe recovery.

Nishant

The UAV system is designed to fly at an altitude of 3.6km AMSL, weighs around 370kg, has an endurance of 4-5 hours and a cruise speed of 125- 150kmph. It is launched using a hydro pneumatic launcher and recovered with an aero conical parachute and an impact attenuation system. It carries stabilised payload for both day and night missions. It comes with an onboard flight control and navigation system for autonomous waypoint navigation mode. The system can be used for target tracking and extraction of target coordinates, artillery fire correction and damage assessment.

Rustom

hours and can attain a maximum speed of 225kmph (and cruise speed of 150kmph). It can carry out military missions like reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition, target designation, communications relay, battle damage assessment and signal intelligence.