SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India’s Loyal wingman program Called Combat Air Teaming System (CATS)” Warrior ” that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing with Private-sector startup Newspace Research and Technologies will likely see the rollout of the first fabricated Loyal wingman aircraft by end of 2023 as per information provided to idrw.org.
Earlier this year a revised wing tunnel model with some design changes begin wind tunnel testing and work on a scaled-down version for initial testing was also carried out. earlier wind tunnel testing on the older design was carried out last year.
While the fabrication of the first pre-production CATS Warrior will begin next year it is expected rollout will happen in 2023 itself. Maiden flight is expected to be carried out sometime in mid-2024 or later after initial taxi trials of the Loyal wingman aircraft. A twin-engine Warrior is an autonomous, unmanned combat aircraft (UCAV) that is designed to fly alongside or behind fighter jets and can be used to attack both ground and aerial targets.
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