27 Feb '17, 12pm

India investing heavily to develop indigenous Unmanned Combat Systems

India investing heavily to develop indigenous Unmanned Combat Systems

India is investing in developing unmanned vehicles as it prepares for an approaching era of soldier-less battlefields despite the current void in policies governing how they will be used. Government-run labs of the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and National Aeronautics Ltd, along with state-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, are working on several drone projects, starting with vehicles that weigh under 1 kg to Rustom II, which will have a payload capacity of 350 kg. The DRDO is putting together a policy document for the year 2020 as well as a more advanced one for 2025, which has laid emphasis on building the country’s drone capabilities. “We have good capability in terms of software and several foreign companies are coming in, which means production capabilities are bound to get developed. Why can’t we put the two together and cre...

Full article: http://www.defencenews.in/article.aspx?id=250714

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