Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari while delivering the 20th Major General Samir Sinha Memorial Lecture on “Transformation of the Indian Air Force: Present Status and the Way Ahead” organized by the New Delhi-based think tank United Service Institution (USI) of India said that IAF is looking to procure 127 Indigenous Medium-altitude long-endurance UAV (MALE UAV) in its future roadmap for the IAF fleet.

While the chief didn’t spell out which UAV it will be inducting but India’s Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance (TAPAS), a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV has completed developmental flight trials and is moving towards user evaluation trials.

IAF recently confirmed that it is looking to procure 16 TAPAS UAVs from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and another MALE Class UAV in the offering is an Armed variant of the Rustom-1 called Archer which will soon start developmental trials.

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