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The Indian Air Force (IAF), set to celebrate its centenary in 2032, has embarked on an ambitious journey to bolster its aerial capabilities through the integration of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) and Loyal Wingman systems. This initiative, known as the Manned-Unmanned Program, represents a significant leap in advancing the IAF’s air power in the region.
One of the prominent projects within this program is the Ghatak UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle). The Ghatak program aims to develop a formidable 12-ton Unmanned Stealthy Strike UCAV, powered by the indigenous Dry Kaveri engine. This cutting-edge UCAV is designed to operate stealthily and carry out precision air strikes deep within enemy territory. Its capabilities will enable the IAF to conduct operations behind enemy lines with unprecedented efficiency and precision.
In addition to the Ghatak UCAV, the IAF is actively pursuing the development of a 1-ton Jet-powered Loyal Wingman system. The Loyal Wingman program is intended to create a synergy between manned fighter jets and unmanned support aircraft. These loyal wingmen will accompany and assist the manned fighters in their missions, enhancing their capabilities and effectiveness in various operational scenarios.
The Manned-Unmanned Program represents a significant technological leap for the IAF, positioning it at the forefront of modern air warfare. These advancements in unmanned aerial systems will not only bolster the IAF’s offensive and defensive capabilities but also provide flexibility and versatility in its strategic approach.
As the IAF gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and innovation underscores its commitment to maintaining air superiority and safeguarding national interests in an evolving and dynamic geopolitical landscape. The integration of UCAVs and Loyal Wingman systems is poised to be a game-changer for the IAF, ensuring that it remains a formidable force in the years to come.
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