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Iranian Researchers Build Fully Automatic VTOL Drone

21 November 2015 10:35


Iranian inventors at Sharif University of Technology designed and built a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone able to fly full automatically in different environments even out of the pilot’s sight.

The ‘Hodhod 3’ drone, which was put on display at an exhibition in Tehran, is capable of flying for 53 minutes and can carry some loads.

The VTOL drone doesn’t need any runway for taking off and landing, and can continue flight even after one of its engines is damaged.

It can also be used for simultaneously sending information to the command center, returning home in emergency situations, and full automatically taking off and landing out of the pilot’s sight.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems, including the UAVs.

In March, the Iranian defense researchers built the country’s first home-made VTOL drone with particular specifications.

The VTOL drone makes its vertical climb using two wings which increases its speed.

In 2013, an Iranian inventor designed and built a VTOL drone using combined fuel which he said was highly functional for military operations.

“The vertical climb Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which uses combined fuel and has a big propeller and two side rotors can fly vertically for 2 hours,” Iranian inventor Ja’far Aqazadeh told FNA at the time.

Noting that the drone uses a fuel cell and a hydrogen generator system as its power source, Aqazadeh said the plane which was specially good for military missions was under flight test.

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