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    10-kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV)

    India Tastes Success in Developing Indigenous Rotary Wing UAV

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    The test flight lasted for about ten minutes, during which the aircraft demonstrated various capabilities like attitude control, attitude hold mode, position control, autonomous hover and low-speed flight, maneuvering forward, backward and sideways.

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has successfully demonstrated a 10Kg rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicle (RUAV) in Bangalore. The two-stroke petrol engine RUAV has a payload capability of 2.5kg, including a live streaming video camera, and can fly up to 8-10 kilometers in one hour before needing to stop.

    "With this demo, HAL's Rotary Wing R&D Centre is well poised to employ its skills and capabilities to undertake the development of Rotary UAVs of higher weight classes, with weapons as payloads," T Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL said in a statement.

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    The RUAV was developed in association with IIT Kanpur and is the first outcome of state-owned HAL's partnerships with academia.

    Separately, HAL has been trying to develop an unmanned version of the Chetak helicopter, for which it had teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industry, but failed miserably.

    In February 2017, HAL once again invited global firms to join hands to start the project afresh wherein the global partner will share its expertise to develop an automatic flight control system for the conversion of a 2-ton class helicopter into an unmanned aircraft.

    The Indian Navy plans to induct strategic unmanned systems, including a fleet of high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) maritime UAVs as well as rotary-wing tactical UAS.

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    In some ways, the growing propensity of navies to turn to autonomous operations is a reflection of the growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific. The unprecedented rise in surveillance platforms deployed in the South China Sea, particularly China's deployment of high-tech drones, such as the Harbin BZK-005, has reinforced a perception in New Delhi that China's future military operations will focus on dominating Asia's littorals.

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    unmanned aerial vehicle, advanced capabilities, replacement, development, helicopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian navy, India, China
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