|Published: December 2017|
New Delhi. The Indian Navy is keen to operate both aerial and undersea unmanned systems.
Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba told India Strategic in an interview that unmanned systems are now employed in every possible field from medical to military, pointing out that the Navy has been operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for a long time now. “Having gained the requisite experience and confidence in operating unmanned platforms, we are keen to expand our capabilities in this domain.”
He was asked to comment on the Navy’s plan to induct modern General Atomics Predator Sea Guardians, 22 of which have been cleared by the US Government for sale to India.
The Indian Navy operates both aerial and underwater unmanned systems, the latter for Mine Countermeasures (MCMs).
Admiral Lanba observed: “Several options are being examined to ascertain the capabilities offered, current production status of platforms and the delivery timelines. But these are still at preliminary stages. Firm plan for procurement would be finalised based on the outcome of these deliberations.”