Indigenous Tactical UAV takes flight
The Philippine Army displayed a locally developed unmanned aerial vehicle last Independence Day. The following information was obtained from a Newsbreak report.
Weight: 30 lbs.
Length: 4 ft. 2 in.
Wingspan: 10 ft.
Operating Ceiling: 2,000 ft
Speed: 50-80 knots
Operating radius: 12.43 miles (20 km)
Cost (incl. research and development, prototypes, etc.): P 3.5 million
Endurance: 2 hours
Developed by Col. Ricardo Morales and Obi Mapua, a board member of the Mapua Institute of Technology. Typical missions would include area surveillance, route reconnaissance, environmental protection, disaster assessment, and communications enhancement. Controlled by 3 to 5 ground technicians. Flight tests have been ongoing since February 2001. If successful, the plan is to eventually issue the TUAV at brigade level.http://www.inq7.net/nwsbrk/2001/jun/29/nbk_6-1.htm