Air Platforms

Indian and US firms inaugurate joint UAV development facility

17 February 2015

Indian company Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, a US developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), officially inaugurated on 17 February a facility to support the Indian-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI).

The facility - at Dynamatic's aeronautic manufacturing facilities in Bangalore - will be the base for the two companies' joint development and production of the AeroVironment-designed UAV system identified by India and the United States as a 'pathfinder' project under the DTTI.

The two governments agreed four DTTI pathfinder projects in January 2015. They comprise the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven hand-launched UAV; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems for the Indian Air Force's Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 transports; mobile electric hybrid power systems; and protective clothing.

(114 of 301 words)