Technology is one step further an indigenous loitering munitions (a missile which flies around the target area and attacks only once a target is located). An indigenous loitering munition has achieved a significant milestone by successfully showing its strike capacity during tests held at Pokhran on Thursday. This munition is capable of operating from challenging terrain and high-altitude zones, reported.
The autonomous system, created by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), is soon to be integrated into the armed services and is intended for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) The load carrying capacity of the system is 23 kg. It is a milestone for the private sector, which has increased efforts in recent years to create customised solutions for the armed services. During its tests in Ladakh earlier this year, the ALS 50, which can take off like a quadcopter and switch to fixed wing mode for long-distance travel, also proved its capability to function from high-altitude areas.
With a range of 1,000 km, the made in India, bomb-carrying drone is developed by the engineers of TASL. It boasts of an autonomous targeting system, that can identify its pre-determined target with great precision and hit it accurately from its defined distance.According to some sources, the loitering munition system, ALS 50 can also be enhanced to increase its range and payload capacity depending on the requirements of the forces at any given time. It’s the next generation versions.
These indigenous systems will not only support India’s self-reliance but actually will make it “aatmanirbhar” in true sense, initiative in defence but will be low-cost and can be used to target high-value targets like command centres, launchers, and enemy fortifications, with minimum risks.