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L&T signs up MoU with NewSpace Research to develop Submarine launched UAVs

Source : The Economic Times

L&T signs up MoU with NewSpace Research to develop Submarine launched UAVs
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A new range of submarine launched drones to meet Indian Navy requirements will be developed by defence sector giant Larsen & Toubro, with the company signing up a Bengaluru based start-up for a joint research and development effort.

Submarine launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a relatively new concept with few nations around the world having the capability to operate such systems. They are also a complex design and development project given that the drone will need to navigate through water before taking to the air for flight.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) signed a memorandum of understanding with NewSpace Research & Technologies (NRT) at the `Drone Mahotsav’ event held in the capital which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This will comprise of an underwater component and an airborne component and will be one of the most futuristic product development efforts to come out of India. Globally, the United States has deployed this capability on their submarines to close a viable ‘kill chain’ for their underwater launched weapons to target surface and land targets,” sources said. The Indian Navy had recently floated a requirement for such a system through the Defence Research and Development (DRDO) Technology Development Fund.

L&T brings in its significant capability in underwater systems to the project, having worked extensively on Indian nuclear armed submarines of the Arihant Class. NewSpace Research, which recently closed a Rs 150 core series ‘A’ funding from Indian venture funds, is already working on different UAV projects. This includes a joint development with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to develop a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) UAV and an air launched swarm drone system.

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