The secretive drone combat program Ghatak seems to be on the right track, according to the latest photos an indication. The latest images are a strong indication that India, which appears to be falling compared to China and Pakistan, gives a fresh focus towards developing military drones.
Unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) are an integral component of 21st century warfare. This trend has been observed through the years of conflicts. However, its reputation as a powerful weapon of war was established in the Nagorno-Karabakh war last year, where drones ruled the battlefield.
Non-state actors have also started getting access to UAVs. The drone attack at the Indian Jammu air force base in the last year has highlighted the destruction and damage terrorists could cause through UAVs.
In a statement, the Indian Army chief had recently stated how serious the threat is, and emphasized the need to increase India’s drone arsenal.
It is no surprise that unmanned drones (UAVs) are an integral component of 21st-century warfare. The trend has continued through the years of conflicts.
However, its reputation as a crucial weapon in war was established in the Nagorno-Karabakh war last year, where drones ruled the battlefield.
Non-state actors are also getting access to UAVs. The drone attack at the Indian Jammu air force base in the last year has highlighted the destruction and damage terrorists could cause through UAVs.
In a statement, the Indian Army chief had recently stated how serious the threat is and emphasized the need to increase India’s drone arsenal.
Although the Indian army has recognized this issue as a major one and made progress, India’s efforts at making its own drones for combat are at an infancy stage. This means that the Indian forces will rely on drones imported from the end of the decade.
The Eurasian Times had previously reported that India is, at a minimum, further behind Pakistan and further ahead of China. “The “iron siblings” Pakistan and China have collaborated closely to create and acquire various weapons and platforms such as combat drones.
Indian’s Ghatak Drone
A small-scale demonstration for India’s private Ghatak stealth drone was discovered recently in a demo. Images and videos of the demonstrator known as Stealth Wing Flying Testbed (SWiFT) were recently discovered.
Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed Ghatak drone. However, the details of the drone remain classified. The Ghatak project has been awarded the status of a flagship project this year.
It is reported that the federal government is supporting the project and is expected to add the deck-based UCAV version to the Indian Navy. A full-scale prototype is expected to be launched between 2024 and 2025.
The video revealed that taxi tests of the SWiFT were conducted at Chitradurga Aeronautical Test Range located in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka during the middle of August this year.
The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) nor DRDO has released any statements regarding this development.
This year in the year 2000, earlier this year, the Indian Army had successfully demonstrated 75 UCAVs in a swarm that automatically identified targets and destroyed them in the style of a kamikaze attack in an actual demonstration that took place during Army Day 2021.
This is a significant step toward India’s 1,000 swarm drones target.
Military observers lauded the development but noted that it was a demonstration, not an actual achievement. New Delhi has also expanded its HAROP fleet and is operating the 164 Israeli kamikaze drones.
India’s Ghatak Drone against China, Pakistan
Philippines-based South Asian analysts and arms tracker Miguel Miranda shared his assessment in The EurAsian Times, “It’s pleasing to see the progress being made in the field of unmanned aircraft, with none other than DRDO in the forefront.
India has a booming aerospace industry, and the unmanned plane continues to be one of the most exciting opportunities even though the introduction of locally developed technologies is slow or not even present.
“However, the relationship with China get worse, and the armed forces need to maintain an offensive in areas like Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, the advent of the latest UAVs such as Ghatak will not be coming any sooner.
There was the belief that Chinese automated systems that were not manned and automated technology were behind the technology employed by the US military. This is not the case.
There’s a new trend in which it appears that the Chinese military is moving towards more stealthy UCAVs that have an infallible network that is large scale and reliable.
This means that the Chinese UCAV fleet could increase in size to a level greater than the “legacy” air force’s inventory.
“In terms of innovation in production volume, production quantity, and range, China is a world-class leader. Indeed, as evidenced by the most recent Air Show China 2021, there’s a surplus of military drones from the Chinese high-tech and aerospace industries.
The development of loitering weapons and other weapons for unmanned aircraft is in overflow due to Chinese production capacity.
“India can access without restriction engines made by foreign partners (Russia, for example) and has the option of locally-made multi-fuel and heavy-duty engines, too.
There’s a shortage of skilled engineers or funds to speed up the development of unmanned aircraft within India,” Miranda opined.
The Filipino analyst continued to write about UAV/UCAV developments occurring across China, India, and Pakistan.
“China may soon be the world’s leading drone manufacturer if the notion of volume production is the primary measurement. PLA, PLAAF, PLAN PLA, PLAAF, and PLAN have a long learning curve to add drones to their inventories.
There’s a significant risk of stealth drones made in China imposing control of information and the situation over the Line of Actual Control (LAC ).
“Pakistan has created an entire series of UAVs/UCAVs that it has developed for its government and military agencies. They include small rotorcrafts, hand-launched surveillance drones, and even extended endurance models like Shahpar II. Shahpar II.
There is an ongoing rumor the Pakistani state-owned aviation company is not the only one with two UCAVs in development.
“India is always nearing getting out of its routine and creating world-class automated systems that are it’s own. The TAPAS BH201 appears very promising.
However, the near-permanent uncertainty of the DRDO’s efforts on remotely piloted aircraft is a significant obstacle regardless of whether the private sector is willing to participate.
In the meantime, the Indian military appears to favor the long-term use of expensive drones provided from Israel and, possibly shortly, the USA. This doesn’t have to be such, but this is what is happening in the present,”