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The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) intends to employ the LCA-Navy prototype to showcase its Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) concept, a cutting-edge approach that integrates manned and unmanned aerial platforms to enhance operational capabilities. This demonstration is anticipated to take place in 2025 or 2026.

MUM-T technology has the potential to revolutionize the way air operations are conducted, enabling manned aircraft to collaborate seamlessly with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to carry out complex missions more effectively and efficiently. 

ADA’s demonstration will aim to showcase the potential of MUM-T in various scenarios, including:

  1. Formation Flying: The demonstration will involve the manned aircraft taking off and joining up with UAVs in a rendezvous (RV) pattern. This will demonstrate the ability of manned and unmanned platforms to operate nearby and maintain precise coordination.
  2. Information Sharing: During the RV, information from the cameras of each UAV will be made available to the manned aircraft and vice versa. This will allow the crew of the manned aircraft to have a comprehensive situational awareness and make informed decisions based on real-time data.
  3. Tasked Actions: UAVs will be tasked for strike missions by the manned aircraft controller (ACS). The UAVs will follow navigation plans provided by the ACS and execute the strike missions autonomously.
  4. Formation Re-routing: In the final leg of the demonstration, both UAVs will be re-routed to a different point with an altitude change. This will demonstrate the flexibility and adaptability of the MUM-T system in handling unexpected situations.
  5. Recovery: Both UAVs will be recovered at Dabolim, showcasing the ability to safely and efficiently retrieve unmanned platforms after the completion of their missions.

The successful demonstration of MUM-T technology will pave the way for its integration into future fighter jets, including the TEDBF and AMCA. These fighter jets will be equipped with advanced MUM-T capabilities, enabling them to operate in complex environments and execute a wide range of missions with enhanced effectiveness. MUM-T represents a significant step forward in the evolution of air warfare, and ADA’s demonstration will be a crucial milestone in developing this transformative technology.

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