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The Indian Navy Chief recently confirmed that the Second Vikrant-class aircraft carrier, IAC-II, will undergo minor redesigns to enable the seamless operation of MALE/HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). The Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau is already actively involved in this endeavour.

According to sources at idrw, individuals familiar with the matter have affirmed that IAC-II will feature Dedicated Ground Control Stations (GCS) to facilitate drone pilots, along with other essential sensors and satellite terminals for long-range connectivity.

Furthermore, IAC-II will be equipped to accommodate the landings of unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). To facilitate the recovery of smaller types of drones, the carrier will be outfitted with safety nets.

The Indian Navy is also exploring the possibility of operating three to four different types of unmanned combat aircraft from aircraft carriers. Consequently, the infrastructure redesigns implemented for IAC-II may also be extended to IAC-I in the future, ensuring uniformity and compatibility across the fleet.

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