What is IAI-HAL Unmanned Chetak UAV for Navy

Welcome to WARN, Today we discussed about. What is IAI-HAL Unmanned Chetak UAV for Navy The IAI-HAL NRUAV project consists of a Malat-made
Helicopter Modification Suite (HeMoS) fitted on HAL�s Chetan, an upgraded Chetak with
Turbomeca TM 333 2M2 engines. The helicopter is planned to be used for unmanned
operations and advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from warship
decks. IAI-HAL NRUAV will feature automatic vertical
Take-off and Landing (AVTOL) from aviation-capable ships and from unprepared landing sites. It is intended to be employed as anelevated
mast, which will extend the vessel�s coverage over a much larger area, providing early warning
and detection of aircraft, cruise missiles, surface vessels and even subsurface activities.It
is planned to have an endurance of 6 hours and up to a distance of 120 km from the launching
vessel. The project was initiated in late 2008, to
be completed in 36-48 months with a budget of ?1163 crore (US$171 million). The project is funded by the Indian Ministry
of defense The NRUAV- Naval Rotary unmanned aerial vehicle
project initiated early 2010 to meet the Indian Navy�s unmanned operation of maritime multi
layered Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions from warships deck. The project entirely based on the HAL produced
Chetak helicopters who is currently being used in tri-services. IAI known as the best in unmanned applications,
with the support from IAI�s subsidiary MALAT the manned HAL Chetak becomes unmanned helicopter
with improved ISR capabilities, which include a Maritime Multi mode radar in it�s belly
and a Electro Optronics for automatic tracking and target range measurement. The Chetak operates same as like the American
MQ 8 Fire scout UAV. The Chetak platform can be operated from almost
all kind of Naval warships, which include Coast Guard OPV�s too. In the manned version using the helicopters
for long time ISR mission makes human errors. this due to the heavy vibration and sea states. So making a unmanned system in the existing
Chetak makes the Helicopter perform ISR mission for extra long time. Unlike the manned variant, The unmanned system
comes with better sensor systems. The Chetak UAV can carry a maritime multi
mode radar slated to be the modified variant of EL/M 2022 Radar. The EL/M 2022 used for Long range sea surveillance
which increases the ships primary surveillance range, Anti submarine warfare capability,
air to air mission which include detection of sea skimming missiles and weather applications. The actual range of EL/M 2022 is more than
200 kilometers. with the effective air borne system the Chetak also operates as a dedicated
maritime patrol aircraft in theater applications, Such as fleet defense and forward fleet movements. The Radar also capable to take SAR images. with these unique capabilities, The warship
off from the EEZ can easily detect and analyze threats. The Chetak UAV also carries a Electro Optronics
pod for search and rescue mission. The EO system is IAI developed MOSP � Multi
mission Optronic stabilized Payload. Which is used for identifying threats, and
tracking it in real time, also used for Search and rescue operations for the possible current
status of the mission. The Chetak UAV also comes with variety of
EW and countermeasure systems developed by IAI. The system includes. communication and signal intelligence, plus
Electronic support measure suites. The Chetak UAV is re designed to work in the
operational altitude of 15,000 Feet, with the operational area of some 150 kilometer
with six hours of loiter time. with the maximum speed of 100 knots. One benefit of the Chetak platform is the
sheer numbers India has built, which Shory estimates are in the hundreds. This means there is a large pool of feedstock
for the upgrade programme. The Chetak is based on the Airbus Helicopters
Alouette III Shory declined to provide details on the flight
control system the unmanned Chetak will have, or the type�s endurance. Shory adds that the story exemplifies IAI�s
expertise in the areas of sensors, systems integration, and unmanned aircraft. Longer term, he says there will also be an
opportunity to transform the newly developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) into an unmanned
system. Most of the newer Indian warships can carry
two helicopters, the main reason is to carry a Chetak UAV along with Naval Multi role helicopters. To increase the ships performance in future
battles. The Chetak UAV can provide over the Horizon
detection support to the Naval Ships. As per current status, The mission system
supplier IAI, The helicopter producer HAL and the system integrator DRDO almost close
to fly the system. However actual status of the Chetak UAV is
remain classified. Let see snap shot of Chetak UAV
Performance Endurance: 6 hours
Range: 150 km Altitude: 15,000 ft
Loiter speed: 60 knots Max speed: 100 knots Technical Data
Max. take-off weight: 2,200 kg
Max. payload weight: 220 kg
Main rotor diameter: 11.02 m Tail rotor diameter: 1.91 m
Overall length: 12.84 m Overall height: 2.97 m

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