Enter the Wulung: Indonesia’s First Operational UAV

Dec 31, 2012- The Wulung, a UAV developed by the Agency for Development and Application of Technology (BPPT) is set to be operational by 2013 after the locally developed UAV has successfully undergone a series of tests at Halim Perdanakusuma AB on October 2012.

The UAV will be used aerial imagery as well as for aerial fire fighting. With flying endurance of 4 hours, the UAV also find its role in rainmaking operation. In order to do so, the UAV could be fitted with specialised pylon to launch the canisters containing chemicals to put off the fire or for cloud seeding.

To date, 5 examples have been built by BPPT. The UAV could travel up to 70 kilometers with speed between 52 to 69 knots. The Wulung could fly at a height of 12,000 feet although it has only being tested up until 8,000 feet.

The Jakarta Post


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