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Bengaluru-based Kadet Defence Systems (KDS) has unveiled a new line of Loitering Aerial Munitions (LAM) designed for the Indian Armed Forces.

KDS has committed to delivering over 50 LAM units by the end of 2024. These advanced weapon systems were developed under a unique DCPP (Defence Capability Planning Committee) model, indicating collaboration with the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation).

KDS plans for large-scale production, aiming to manufacture approximately 5,000 LAMs in the next 2-3 years. This ambitious target indicates confidence in the technology and its potential to address the needs of the Indian armed forces.

Kadet’s LAM systems encompass a range of cutting-edge technologies, including:

  • Canister Aerial Loitering Munition (CALM): These loitering munitions could potentially be launched from canisters, enabling rapid deployment and surprise attacks.
  • Combat UAVs with Stand-off Capabilities: These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would likely carry and release munitions from a safe distance, minimizing risk to manned platforms.
  • Tactical VTOL UAVs: Vertical Take-Off and Landing capabilities would provide these UAVs with greater operational flexibility, particularly in confined or unprepared launch zones.
  • Swarming and Manned-Unmanned Teaming: The ability to operate in swarms and collaborate with manned aircraft signifies a potentially high level of sophistication in these LAM systems.

The introduction of these indigenous LAMs by Kadet Defence Systems is a significant development for India’s defense capabilities. It represents a growing trend of domestic companies creating advanced weapon systems and positions India as a potential leader in loitering munition technology.