India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and NewSpace Research & Technologies Pvt Ltd that is working on Air Launched Flexible Asset (ALFA -S), an air-launched swarming drone system to penetrate contested airspace and take out vital targets will also be capable of taking out air vehicles such as MALE Class UAVs and Helicopters in hard kill.

The New Version of ALFA-S will be equipped with an EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) seeker that will enable it to take out low-speed aerial threats with a hard kill option. ALFA-S working as part of the swarm mode will be able to take out multiple aerial targets even other attack swarm drones pushed inside Indian areas.

ALFA-S will also not remain exclusive to the Tejas Max (Mothership) it will be adopted to be deployed from other fighter jets, attack helicopters, and even transport aircraft. ALFA-S developmental trials are likely to start from 2023 onwards with induction planned from 2024-35 onwards.

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