WASHINGTON – The air forces of the U.S. and India have signed a new agreement to cooperate on developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Pentagon officials say. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
13 Sept. 2021 -- The goal is to design and build prototype small UAVs, avionics, payload power, propulsion, and launch systems for the Indian and U.S. air forces.”
The cost will be more than $22 million, and will be split 50/50, in what the Pentagon bills as the “largest-ever” research effort among the U.S. and Indian militaries.
India’s procurement cycle is famously slow and often changes mid-stream. Still, defense companies have shown a willingness to put up with the chaos, and with good reason: India was the second largest importer of defense goods in 2020 at around 9.5 percent of all global weapon buys.
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