On September 28, the Army released a Request for Information (RFI) for Autonomous Surveillance and Armed Drone Swarms (A-SADS), which are expected to cost around Rs 700 crore and be bought through the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAPBuy )’s Indian – IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed, and Manufactured) category.

Each swarm would comprise of 50 to 75 aerial vehicles which are armed with explosives, possess artificial intelligence, could take off and land vertically, and can interact both with control towers and other swarm members.

The deployment of seven of the twelve swarms is intended for high-altitude borders. The remaining are being used as borders in the plains and the desert.

The RFI sets a 50% minimum threshold for indigenous content. The high-altitude swarms must be capable of operating in conditions as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius, have a 30-km operational radius, and have a two-hour endurance.

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