An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by Delhibased Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) association, will be showcased at the Defexpo 2012 in New Delhi. The UAV which has been named E-5 is said to be the first off-the-shelf UAV developed by a professional body.
With a weight of 2.5 kg, the UAV can be backpacked and hand launched by the user from the destined location. The batteryoperated and electrically propelled unit has a maximum speed of 50 kmph and can endure up to 45 minutes. The maximum altitude that it can fly up to is 1,500 metres above the ground level.
It is equipped with a way point based GPS system, 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz radio links and day use CCD camera. The UAV has a range of 10 km and can be provided with additional equipment such as extended range, endurance, night vision camera (the first ever in the country), pan and tilt camera and digital link.