India and US Sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Issue: 09-2021

As per a notification MoD of September 3, 2021, India’s MoD and US Department of Defence have signed a Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) on July 30, 2021. The PA for ALUAV falls under the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) MoA between the MoD and US Department of Defence, which was first signed in January 2006 and renewed in January 2015. The PA for co-development of ALUAV has been overseen by the Joint Working Group on Air Systems and is a major accomplishment for DTTI. The PA outlines the collaboration between US Air Force Research Laboratory, IAF and DRDO towards design, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation of systems to co-develop an ALUAV Prototype. Specific establishment from India is Aeronautical Development Establishment and from US is the Aerospace Systems Directorate.