Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is showcasing the 200-kilogram TR-60 small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tiltrotor drone at the ongoing ADEX2019. According to a KARI official, the UAV can be used in several areas, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, search- and-rescue operations, transport, communication, and relay.
The TR-60 is an upgraded version of the TR-100 tiltrotor developed by KARI in 2012, which weighed 1000 kg. The TR-60 is constructed from lightweight composites and is powered by a 55 hp rotary engine which transfers power mechanically to the twin swivelling nacelles. The UAV is capable to operate at a top speed of 250 km/h and at a maximum altitude of 14,763 ft. It measures 3 m in length and approximately 5 m wide. It has a maximum take-off weight of 210 kg. It can carry a 30 kg payload, such as a stabilized forward looking infra-red (FLIR) and have a 200 km radius of action with an endurance of 5-6 hours.
The new displays will enhance the functionality and ergonomics of the cockpit, company officials tell Daily News, while adding that various configurations can be discussed. The new displays will also allow information to be shared between displays, further enhancing flight safety. Ka-32 helicopters in other parts of the world, have already received these avionics upgrades.
South Korean Ka-32 helicopters have been in operation since the mid-90s and are now in need of an upgrade that involves installation of a ‘glass cockpit’, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a new firefighting system.
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