USA and India collaborating on air-launched drone


The USA and India are working on development of a small, air-launched unmanned system that could be launched from cargo aircraft, according to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord. Lord indicates the systems could likely launch from aircraft operated by both nations, specifically the C-130J and C-17.


USA and India collaborating on air launched drone C-130 - Lord indicates the systems could likely launch from aircraft operated by both nations, specifically the C-130J
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That program contains “potential” for Indian industry to take part in co-development of the system, which would have three targeted uses: humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, “cross-border operations,” and cave and tunnel inspection, Lord said.

She added that the program could be “an efficient, cost-effective way to provide additional capability to the war fighter.”


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