India will reveal more details about a new stealth unmanned fighter jet that it is developing in collaboration with public-private sector companies at Aero India 2023, which will be held next month at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru (Karnataka) from February 13 to 17, 2023.
India has been working on developing unmanned-manned autonomous vehicles in order to improve mission effectiveness through improved situational awareness and decision-making capabilities.
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In last Aero India in 2019, India had showcased concept Unmanned CATS Warrior program that could act as Loyal Wingman to accomplish and broaden capabilities, and reduce risk to military personnel as it supports mission success.
The CATS Warrior programme will see the development of a 1-ton Unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft with an internal weapons bay and powered by two 4kN Turbojet engines.
The new stealth unmanned fighter jet will be powered by a 25 kN turbofan engine developed by Defence PSU HAL called the HTFE-25 (“Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine”), which can support an unmanned fighter jet with an All up weight (AUW) of 5-6 tones.