Russia to offer Skat UCAV tech to India?
After BAE Systems, EADS, Saab and Dassault, the latest contractor now apparently ready to cooperate with India in UCAV technology is RAC-MiG. The company’s discontinued Skat unmanned combat air system demonstrator. Currently, Russia’s future UCAV platform is being spearheaded by Sukhoi with technology inputs from RAC-MiG, though sources indicate that Russia has sent feelers to India for possible cooperation in that sphere as well. The topline aviation partnerships between the two countries currently include the ongoing Su-30MKI licence build in Nasik, the fifth-generation fighter aircraft and the multi-role transport aircraft. In 2010, the Indian Air Force conducted an abortive campaign to procure UCAVs from the global market, ending up with a profusion of information, rather, on the systems available and what cooperation was possible. While no country was willing to sell systems outright—indeed, no systems are operational yet, except for the US-built Reaper hunterkiller drones—several offers for cooperation were forthcoming.