Defence Current Affairs - 2019
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What is Wankel?
India has developed its own propulsion engine for future UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The 55-hp engine named “Wankel” is developed by three national research agencies – National Aerospace Labs, Aeronautical Development Establishment, and the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment at the cost of Rs 20 crore. The engine has been certified by the certifying body for military planes CEMILAC (Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification.
Wankel will be used to power the home-grown UAVs Nishant, Lakshya and Rustom-1 and 2 versions used to observe and survey border areas.
The UAV, in its test flights with the engine, reached its targets of 4.5 flying hours and an altitude of 3.6 km.
India handed over a Dornier 228 surveillance aircraft to Seychelles. The maritime surveillance aircraft will be used to guard the extensive coastline of the island nation in the Indian Ocean.
The Dornier 228 or DO-228 is manufactured by the defence public sector undertaking, the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). It is a highly reliable, multi-purpose, fuel efficient, rugged, light weight twin turbo prop aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear. It is a frontline surveillance platform for applications like maritime reconnaissance, intelligence warfare, search and rescue, pollution control and transport.