According to a report in The Economic Times, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) developed ALS 50 loitering munition by successfully demonstrated its ability to launch an attack during tests on Thursday at Pokhran. ALS 50 is a autonomous system is designed for Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) and will soon be inducted into the armed forces.

The ALS 50 has also proved its ability to operate from high altitude areas during tests in Ladakh early this year. The ALS 50 can take off as a quadcopter and transitions into fixed wing mode during flight for long distance trips.

Because to its VTOL capability, the system can navigate in confined quarters like vessel decks, fortified mountain positions, small jungle clearings, and narrow valleys. A range of loitering munitions, or “suicide drones,” that can be used to accurately attack high-value targets like command posts, missile launchers, and enemy armour have been sought after by the armed services.

The autonomous targeting system on the ALS 50 can accurately identify and target a pre-set target. Depending on the requirements of the armed forces, the system can also be scaled up to increase range and payload capability. Swarming and artificial intelligence integration were potential future advancements.