SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Dr Girish Shantaram Deodhare, Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), has confirmed that two NP1 and NP2 Naval LCA Prototypes, which were used to establish some of the advanced capabilities for developing a deck-based fighter aircraft, will now be modified to become test beds for the Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) programme.
Harsh Vardhan Thakur, a retired Indian Air Force captain and an experimental test pilot with HAL, has backed the development of CATS OMCA (optically-manned combat aircraft) for the Indian Aircraft Carrier Group.
In future missions, the Indian Navy and ADA have discussed developing unmanned fighter jets that can take off and land from its aircraft carrier and be used for strike missions alongside manned fighter jets such as the TEDBF and Rafale M.
In another report, idrw.org was the first to confirm that India is working on a larger stealth unmanned fighter programme for the Indian Air Force, and the same platform is likely to be adopted for the Indian Navy aircraft carrier group.
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