ADE scouts mini flying test bed
The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the DRDO’s laboratory focusing on unmanned air systems, has published a requirement for a mini flying test bed. Interestingly, it has mentioned that the UAV Factory LLC Penguin BE electric UAV meets its requirements, but that it will consider other platforms with similar parameters and configuration. The UAV needs to have a take-off weight greater than 20 kg and an endurance of 2 hours or more and a length/wingspan of 3 metres each. The UAV needs to come with the ability to switch between an electric engine and an IC engine. The UAV have a payload capacity of minimum 6 kg with a take-off run of less than 30 metres and an altitude of about 6 km. The ADE has listed mandatory features on the test bed UAV, including modular composite structure, fast assembly, large access hatches, removable payload bay, airframe should be ready for the autopilot and payload integration, provision for swappable universal payload mount, preinstalled main landing gear, steerable suspension nose leg with servo, wing GPS compartment, low noise, low vibration, digital servos, push-pull connectors between the wing and tail plane, propeller assembly, aluminium servo mounts for wing and tail plane and servo wiring.