WHY VTOL TECHNOLOGIES ?
Recently, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAV's are increasingly being used in both military and civilian applications. They can provide safety and comfort in jobs that earlier required the presence of a human pilot. UAV's have proven to be exceedingly useful. However, accompanying this increasing use is also a natural drive to make the systems more flexible and robust in terms of their capabilities including endurance and large power reserves. We are targeting the same through our variable payload hybrid aircrafts with advanced subsystems and robust technologies.
‘Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL)’ aircrafts are becoming increasingly important in both civil and military aviation sectors as these systems have great potential for operating as both piloted and pilotless modes. The ability to carry enough payload including troops and minimal readiness time have made VTOL aircrafts an ideal choice for operations related to rapid deployment of ground troops, precise location hovering for delivery of supplies, and rapid medical evacuation of troops from difficult terrains. Compared with fixed-wing UAV’s, VTOL UAV’s have several advantages, such as hovering capability and no space restriction for take-off and landing. These are particularly useful for civilian applications in search and surveillance and static image capturing.
VTOL AVIATION's Hybrid VTOL UAV is a VTOL aircraft that can carry variable payload as per its usage in a specific sector and can operate like an air taxi if required. It will have a VTOL UAS that has long endurance, high speed, and operational ceiling, with various capabilities of carrying out surveillance, strike, supply emergency cargoes and medical-aid also at the same time being easily maintainable and mass producible. Primarily run with electric propulsion, it will have hybrid power options as well. The variable landing capabilities targeted are such as (Ground Surface, Rooftop, Water, Snow or Ice, Helipad or Runway). It would be an ‘Autonomous
Aircraft’ with RPAS options as well. It has both Electrical & Hybrid Power options. It will have ‘Live Video
Streaming’ with the ground control station as per the aircraft chosen for respective mission. Some of the targeted products have been conceptualized to have options of ‘Weapon Release System’as well.
The cruise speed targeted for higher payload aircrafts would be around 300 – 350 Kms/Hr. these would have ‘Advanced Aerodynamics & Long Endurance’ features. Like any popular technology that is first championed by military and later adapted by civilian world, the VTOL aircraft systems, both manned and unmanned, offers many potential benefits such as below - mentioned:
First advantage offered is the limited need of operational infrastructure,
Second advantage is the much higher ground speed/airspeed (about three times) offered by such systems when compared with rotary wing aircrafts (helicopters and quad-copters),
Third advantage is the higher energy efficiency (translated to increased range) offered by such aircrafts when compared with rotary wing systems,
A fourth advantage is the comfort (smoothness) offered by such systems to passengers while in flight, in comparison to rotary wing, especially during adverse weather conditions.
VTOL UAV’s have the added benefit of offering high, durable and flexible performance. Our aircrafts can be applied in both military and civil spheres; such systems are primarily slated for Intelligence,
Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), and possibly extended to Suppression
of Enemy Defence (SED).