HAL To Develop First-of-Its-Kind High Altitude Pseudo Satellite
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HAL To Develop First-of-Its-Kind High Altitude Pseudo Satellite

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HAL is developing an unmanned aircraft that can enter the enemy zone and carry out strikes deep inside the enemy territory

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that it
is developing a futuristic high altitude pseudo satellite with a start-up
company, a first of its kind in the world.

HAL Director Arup Chatterjee said that the satellite will be solar energised
and become a big asset flying unmanned around 70,000 ft for 2-3 months and
taking information. He said that no country in the world has developed it yet.

Significance

HAL will be teaming up unmanned aircraft and vehicles with manned jets similar
to the US project of skybrog in a significant leap in technology. The project
will strengthen the country’s military strike capabilities.

Key Highlights 

• HAL is developing a project that includes a manned aircraft, which
will operate within the boundary and an unmanned aircraft, which can
enter the enemy zone and carry out strikes deep inside the enemy
territory.

• The system will have a mother-ship carrying components like Hunter
and Alpha and as per HAL Director Arup Chatterjee, the mother ship can
be LCA or Jaguar or other combat manned aircraft.

• The technology has been named Combined Air Teaming System
(CATS).

• The project will mainly include a mother ship and four autonomous
unmanned aerial vehicles known as CATS Warrior.

• The vehicles will have the capacity to carry out a strike.

• It will be able to stealthily enter 700 kilometres inside enemy
territory.

HAL Director said that the unmanned aerial vehicles capable of autonomous
functions will also have all the manoeuvring capabilities. The vehicles will
be able to hit the target straightway at a distance of 700 kilometres or go to
350 kilometres and come back. The vehicles will carry missiles, ammunition and
if needed CATS Alpha.

Speaking on the delivery of TEJASs, HAL CMD R Madhavan has said that as per
the contract, HAL will start the delivery of TEJAS by 36 months. He stated
that the first delivery will be by March 2024 and in the first year, there
will be a delivery of 2 aircraft which will be ramped up to 16. The total
supply time, post first delivery will be 6 years.

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