Rus­sia to of­fer Skat UCAV tech to In­dia?

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

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.

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