India, in line with its ambitions to become a global power, is planning to design large swarms of Indian-made unmanned drones that will seek to enter enemy airspace and neutralise targets such as the Balakot camp in Pakistan.
Being launched in a swarm-like configuration, there will be a higher probability for some drones hitting the targets successfully, even if other drones get detected by the enemy forces and shot down.
Part of the Combat Air Teaming System project or CATS, the drones project aims to ensure a high probability of mission being successful.
According to an NDTV report, the drones have been designed with inspiration from the Balakot air strike — which the Indian air force conducted in the Pakistani territory. ALFA-S or Air-Launched Flexible Asset (Swarm) is the name given to the drones.
The report suggests that the project may be realised in another ten years. Each swarm could have dozens of individual drones. The idea behind this is to overwhelm the enemy defences with the sheer numbers of swarms of drones.
The project to develop drones comes in the wake of Pakistan’s enhancement of its air defence network — it has recently signed up for the Chinese HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system.
Reportedly, engineers and software experts at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the state-run aerospace and defence company and NewSpace Research and Technologies, a Bengaluru-based start-up, have come together to work on the dones project till completion.
Earlier in February, the Ministry of Defence had approved 54 Israeli HAROP attack drones having the ability to completely destroy high-value enemy targets
Meanwhile, India has also been discussing Project Cheetah with Israel.