India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Israel’s Elbit Systems ISTAR Division will explore the feasibilities of jointly developing a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (Rotary UAV of 2000 kilo class) for maritime and land based military operations which caters to the domestic as well as the global requirements.
A MoU was signed between Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engg. and R&D), HAL and Roy Zentner, VP (Business Dev. & Marketing), Elbit Systems in the presence of R Madhavan, CMD, HAL and senior officials from HAL and Elbit Systems.
The MoU will promote mutually beneficial cooperation between HAL and Elbit in terms of technology, manufacturing, marketing and maintenance of the UAV globally.
The proposed VTOL UAVs have a tremendous potential in carrying out maritime military missions with higher efficiency compared to a manned helicopter. Deploying a VTOL UAV will bring down the huge costs associated with inducting operating and maintaining manned helicopters on the deck. It will also benefit the Indian Armed Forces in deploying a VTOL UAV for a routine surveillance mission or operating in unsafe areas both during day and night, which otherwise would have to be carried out by manned helicopters.
It may also open up new business avenues for HAL culminating in both domestic and export orders.
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