India is stepping up its research and development of stealth UAVs, and the United States helps at sensitive times

 India is stepping up its research and development of stealth UAVs, and the United States helps at sensitive times

Recently, ghak has demonstrated its development to the outside world. The aircraft is the most confidential domestic military aircraft project of the Indian government.

Indias most confidential domestic military aircraft project

Ghatak is a stealth unmanned combat aircraft (UAV) which is being developed secretly by the Indian defense research and Development Organization (DRDO). The Indian media said that the project is likely to be the most confidential domestic military aircraft project of the Indian government, and its purpose is likely to develop an advanced UAV that can penetrate the enemys air defense system to carry out deep attack.

Gatak project, formerly known as aura project, the current exposure model shows that the aircraft adopts flying wing layout. The model was exposed by a video course on the aerodynamics of a UAV, which was then known as the stealth wing flight test bed (Swift), by the Indian government two weeks ago. According to the video, Indian researchers are conducting low detectability and wind tunnel tests using several of these test stands, which will lay a key foundation for the development of Indias future military aircraft.

The Indian side claims that the gatak project is completely self-developed, but as early as 2018, it was pointed out that the project may adopt the turbofan engine provided by the Russian Saturn Design Bureau. At present, several organizations of DRDO are cooperating to design and test S-shaped inlet.

Stealth UAV is considered to be the effective force in the future battlefield, and becomes the new research and development focus of air force. The United States has equipped rq-170 and rq-180 stealth unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The x-47b Shipborne UAV with ground attack capability has also conducted a lot of tests after its first flight. Russian stealth UAV S-70 Hunter made its first flight in August last year; China also showed stealth UAV attack - 11 at the military parade of the 70th anniversary of the peoples Republic of China last year. At the Zhuhai Air Show in 2018, Chinese military enterprises also displayed hidden UAVs such as Rainbow - 7 and Tianying, which attracted the attention of the outside world.

The Ghatak UAV can carry multiple precision guided bombs.

Unmanned weapons and equipment including UAVs will be the main force in the future battlefield. As a country committed to becoming a powerful country with sound and color , India must speed up the research and development and deployment of unmanned equipment such as stealth UAVs and unmanned combat vehicles to keep up with the trend. When the domestic military industry can not meet the demand, it will continue to introduce foreign unmanned equipment. Air force expert Fu Qianshao tells surging newsuff08 uff09u3002

Indian media reported that there may be many links between gatak stealth UAV and AMCA stealth fighter. In the future, Indian army is likely to combine these two stealth aircraft for joint operation, which is a bit similar to the operation mode of Russian su-57 stealth fighter and S-70 Hunter UAV.

AMCA stealth fighter the fifth generation fighter, developed by the Aviation Development Agency (ADA) of Indias defense research and Development Organization (DRDO), is a dual engine medium-sized fighter. It was originally planned to fly for the first time in 2021, but with the push of the project, the first flight time has been postponed to 2027.

According to the model published by India, the gatak UAV has a flying wing layout, and the inlet is above the body, which has better stealth performance, Fu said. At present, the mainstream stealth UAVs are basically in this layout, such as the x-47b and rq-170 of the United States, and the rainbow-7 and Tianying stealth UAVs released by the China Zhuhai Air Show.

The most important use of this kind of stealth UAV with flying wings is reconnaissance and ground attack. Compared with non stealth UAV, stealth UAV is not easy to be found by the enemy and has stronger survivability. It can go deep into the enemys rear to conduct reconnaissance or launch attacks to attack some high-value strategic targets. Said Fu.

Indian version of predator or year end deployment

The Indian version of the predator, rustom-2, has completed an 8-hour flight test, according to the Indian defense news.

The rustum-2 is a hollow long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of carrying a variety of payloads, including synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and photoelectric equipment. The UAV has a 24-hour endurance. According to the report, the future of the project will determine the technology development prospects of Indias domestic UAV.

The rustum-2 can carry different combinations of payloads based on mission targets, including synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence system and photoelectric equipment. It has a satellite communication link, which can return the situation on the battlefield in real time. A senior Indian official said: after eight hours of flight test at chalakere aviation test site in Karnataka, one hour of fuel was left and the test flight limit was reached. This flight proved the functions of many systems, such as aerodynamics, redundant flight control, engines and data links, and there is still a long way to go to develop complex UAVs.

The UAV is similar to the U.S. Predator UAV in shape, but the engine is installed under the wing, and the number of engines is more than Predator. The engine is provided by Russian NPO Saturn company, and the power of each engine can reach 73.55 kW. A photoelectric turret is installed above the nose and radar can be installed below the fuselage.

Rustum - 2 UAV on display at India Defense Exhibition.

India defense news reported that the rustum - 2 UAV can fly autonomously at high altitude, using its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and photoelectric sensors to perform real-time and high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. When the target is identified, it will descend to a lower altitude and attack the target with its own air to ground missile.

The rustum-2 UAV must be tested and user tested before it can enter the Indian army. The Indian Ministry of defense is currently negotiating with Israel Aerospace Industry Corporation (IAI) not only to upgrade the existing Heron UAVs, but also to equip them with air launched missiles and laser guided bombs.

The Indian army, air force, navy and Coast Guard have expressed strong interest in the rustum - 2, although orders can only be confirmed after flight tests.

In addition to the rustum - 2 UAV, India also seeks the same type of UAV from the United States. The Indian Navy plans to purchase 22 mq-9b sea guard UAVs from the United States, which has been approved by the United States. Once India approves, the two countries can sign a contract.

New US India Agreement helps Indian UAV development

In addition to providing UAVs to India, the United States will also provide information support for the development of UAVs in India. According to the plan, Indian defense minister rajnat Singh and foreign minister Su Jiesheng will hold a 2 + 2 dialogue with US Defense Secretary mark esper and Secretary of state Mike pompeio from October 26 to 27. During this round of dialogue, the two sides are ready to sign the basic exchange and cooperation agreement on geospatial Cooperation (beca)

The agreement stipulates that India and the United States can exchange geospatial map data, and give priority to sharing advanced satellite and terrain data, which can be used for target positioning of UAVs, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, and improve the accuracy of navigation and missile strike.

Mq-9b maritime guard UAV.

India is currently developing a long-range cruise missile called intrepid, which is similar to the Tomahawk cruise missile of the United States, with a range of more than 1000 km. But the development of the missile was not smooth. The Hindustan Times reported on October 12 that Indias defense research and Development Organization (DRDO) test fired a fearless cruise missile with a range of 800 km to the bay of Bengal from a test base in Orissa state on the same day, but the test was stopped several minutes after the missile was launched due to missile failure. Since 2013, the intrepid missile has been launched seven times, but four times have failed.

Weapons such as the intrepid cruise missile and the rustum-2 require very high navigation accuracy. The United States has been deeply engaged in this field for decades and has advanced technology. The signing of the BEC agreement between India and the United States will help India develop long-range cruise missiles and long-range UAVs. Han Dong, a military expert, pointed out.

This is the fourth and final basic military agreement between India and the United States. In 2002, India and the United States signed the general military information security agreement (gsomia), the logistics exchange agreement Memorandum (lemoa) in 2016, and the communication, compatibility and security agreement (comcasa) in 2018. The Hindustan Times commented that these agreements help to strengthen the ability of the two sides to work together and reduce the cost of defense cooperation between the two countries.

The decision to speed up the signing of the basic exchange and cooperation agreement on geospatial cooperation was made during U.S. President Trumps visit to India in February. The visit also signed two agreements worth 3 billion US dollars, namely 24 MH-60 anti submarine helicopters and 6 Apache armed helicopters. The Hindustan Times points out that since 2007, the United States has received more than $21 billion in lucrative arms contracts from India.

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