Indian Army’s Kamikaze drones demonstration: First time on Army Day

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The Indian Army showcased its combat swarm drones and their battlefield capabilities by carrying out a simulated attack on several targets for the first time in public. It showed how the Indian Army can very well swarm the enemy forces and overwhelm their defences.

At Army Day parade in Delhi cantonment, it was a powerful demonstration of the Indian army’s arsenal when the officials simulated Kamikaze attacks on targets that include enemy tanks, fuel depots, terror hideout and radar positions. The system is termed as a ‘disruption technology’ by the army.

Total of 75 drones including mother UAV’s with smaller systems were showcased at the parade and reports suggest that in the coming months, the Army aims to increase its capability to 1,000 kamikaze units.

The army also showcased the quadcopter drones of multiple payload capacity which will be a great tool for delivering medical aids and para-dropping essential supplies. The army announced that these drones can lift and deliver up to 600kg supplies which can prove to be a life-changer for supporting the Indian troops deployed in harsh and critical positions.

According to sources in the Army, the drone systems are developed after collaborating with a Bengaluru-based startup, NewSpace Research and Technologies. “We started in August with five systems, which was scaled up to 20 on October, 30 in December and now 75,” the source said. Reportedly, artificial intelligence is also used for these drones.

The Army revealed how important it is to bet bigger on the drone capabilities following the recent outcome of the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash where traditional war machines look futile in front of the armed and Kamikaze drones.

Currently, the Army has placed a roughly Rs 140 crore deal with an Indian firm for specialised high-altitude tactical drones for classified operations in Ladakh.

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