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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India and the US have signed an agreement for cooperation in the development of Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the framework of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) by Air Force Research Laboratory, Indian Air Force, and Defence Research and Development Organisation.

While both countries have not shared much of the details of what ALUAV they plan to develop jointly but it is speculated that it will be the development of smaller disposable swarming drones launched from canisters by fighter aircraft that could be used on the battlefield.

The second speculation is that it will be a much bigger drone relatively low-cost unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a “mothership” transport aircraft and then be recovered by the mothership after their mission is complete. A jet-powered drone that can be launched from the rotary weapons bays of the C-130 is equipped with a docking cable and a crane-like recovery arm.

ALUAV drones will act as a potential line-of-sight communications link in environments where radios could be jammed, as well as sensor platforms for surveillance and targeting. India has developed swarm drones and already four companies have developed them, India is also working on air-launched swarm drone technology so it seems it will be C-130 Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that has been pursued with the US air force.

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