U.S. and India militaries consider working together to build unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and avionics

Sept. 13, 2021
While widely popular among experts, there isn’t much to show from several attempts at collaborations, yet experts see reasons for cautious optimism.

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

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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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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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