The Indian MoD has issued a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for use by three defence services.
The procurement will be under the make-in-Indian initiative from Indian companies. The UAVs are proposed to be developed and manufactured by the Indian industry under an appropriate category of the DPP like Buy & Make (Indian).
The project would be based on proven or matured technologies where fundamental research is not required. The development and manufacture of the equipment could also be undertaken by Indian Industry Consortia, a statement on the Indian MOD’s tender portal said.
Considering that the MALE drone will be for the three services, it is possible that its requirement would be both reconnaissance and attack.
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France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement to confirm their support for the implementation of MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone by 2025. The joint proposal was issued by the defense ministers of the three nations, French Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Ursula Von Der Leyen and Italian Roberta Pinotti and has officially announced to jointly conduct a developmental phase study of the drone
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