HAL signs MoU with Israel’s Elbit Systems to jointly develop vertical take-off & landing UAV
Lucknow : Public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Wednesday signed an MoU with Elbit Systems ISTAR Division of Israel to jointly explore the possibility of development of a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The MoU has been signed in the sidelines of the biannual DefExpo-2020 here.
The MoU was signed by Mr. Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engg. and R&D), HAL and Mr. Roy Zentner, VP (Business Dev. & Marketing), Elbit Systems in the presence of Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL and senior officials from HAL and Elbit Systems.
“The MoU is aimed at assessing the feasibility of a joint development of 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. This will promote mutually beneficial cooperation between HAL and Elbit in terms of technology, manufacturing, marketing and maintenance of the UAV globally” said HAL.
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.