Indian Ministry of Defence under the Technology Development Fund (TDF) Scheme has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Indian industrial partners for the development of Underwater launched unmanned aerial vehicles (ULUAV). TDF project that will soon open for EOI applications will have a last submit date of 26/06/2022.

ULUAV project seems to be for the Indian fleet of underwater vessels. ULUAV project overseas development of a Switchblade loitering munition, or “suicide drone that can be launched from both submerged submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

ULUAV will be equipped with a miniaturized both electro-optical and infrared sensors in its nose. It is unclear if there also will be an unarmed drone to provide enhanced sensor, communication, and cyber-security capabilities for the submarine. Development of a reconnaissance variant equipped with an electro-optic capability with reliable target solution analysis for discreet surveillance might also be considered.

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