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In 2018, the US had offered India the armed version of the Guardian drones, which were originally authorised in surveillance configuration.
According to media reports, Italian authorities claim Mars (HK), which acquired Alpi Aviation in 2018, is a front for 2 China state-owned firms.
Combination of manned & unmanned systems would mean overall displacement of proposed third aircraft carrier would reduce from 65,000 tonnes, while also decreasing cost.
IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
A new Aviation Brigade has been set up in the Eastern Command to coordinate action, and to have a more localised control.
As part of ICMR's delivery model, a 'Make in India' drone transported the vaccine from a district hospital in Manipur to Karang island in Loktak lake, covering a distance of 26 kms.
The civil aviation minister also said the PLI scheme announced Wednesday gave major boost to the sector and will make it possible to have turnover of Rs 900 crore in next 3 years.
Report in Newlines Magazine says drones were 'purchased' in China through a front company and parts were 'smuggled' into Afghanistan via Pakistan.
IAF is set to issue a Request for Proposal for swarm drone contracts to 5 start-ups, selected firms to receive support from air force as well as DRDO.
Leading the Services on new contracts signed is the Army which has inked three separate deals for various types of drones.