India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Dynamatics Technologies Limited (DTL), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build IAI’s drones for the Indian military, at DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow city.
“HAL, IAI and DTL signed an MoU for marketing, manufacturing and selling of IAI’s Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs) to Indian potential customers such as Indian Defence Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Central Armed Police Forces at DefExpo 2020 here today,” state-run HAL said in a statement on Wednesday.
While IAI will be responsible of designing the drone, HAL will be the principal contractor and DTL, the Principle Sub-Contractor. “The companies will complement each other to provide best in class ‘Make-in-India’ UAVs to Indian Defence Forces,” the statement read.
HAL is currently involved in the depot level maintenance of all the MALE and Short Range class of UAVs supplied by IAI to the Indian Defence Forces since 2004. “Taking the HAL-IAI collaboration one step ahead, under the scope of this MoU, this partnership would be the first in country to manufacture IAI designed UAVs in India like Short Range Tactical class having long endurance. This collaboration will enhance technology sharing and business partnership between India and Israel,” HAL said further.