Indian Army begins trials of Bharat 150 UAV for high Altitude regions

Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited, the defence arm of Kalyani Group, Pune based Indian company unveiled the unique drone Bharat 150 UAV, a multi payload, variable mission drone indigenously developed by the group. The X-8 configuration drone is already under testing by the Indian Army in high altitude areas in Leh Ladakh and performed 8.5km with 20kg payload.

The drone is a vertical take off and landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, with a maximum take off weight of 150kg and empty take off weight of 58kg. The craft comes integrated with an indigenously developed radio communication system and Inertial Navigation System with anti jamming and anti spoofing capabilities, making it operational in jamming and GPS denied environment as well.

The drone’s batteries can give minimum 30 minutes of endurance with a communication link encryption for 50 to 200km. The endurance can be enhanced as per the application.

The water and dust proof Bharat 150 can be used in the temperature range of minus 30°C to 65°C with an average speed of 50 kilometers per hour and a gust resistance of 15m/s. It can operate at 1000 metre above the take off ground.

It’s autonomous and electronically stable design makes it suitable for application in Logistics, Search and Rescue, Signal Intelligence and communication intelligence, Loitering Munition for warhead dropping etc.

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