Indian Air Force launches ALS-50 kamikaze drone with vertical take-off, 23 kg of explosives and a range of up to 1,000 km

By: Maksim Panasovskyi | 16.06.2023, 22:32
Indian Air Force launches ALS-50 kamikaze drone with vertical take-off, 23 kg of explosives and a range of up to 1,000 km

The Indian Air Force has adopted the ALS-50 unmanned aerial vehicle. It is a long-range kamikaze drone.

Here's What We Know

The developer of ALS-50 is the Indian company Tata Group. The drone features a vertical takeoff and landing. It's not entirely clear why it needs to land if it's a kamikaze drone. Though it is possible that the operator could cancel the mission and land the drone, but this nuance is not specified.

The development and procurement of next-generation bomber munitions is now a key component of the Indian Air Force modernisation programme. Global conflicts, particularly Russia's war against Ukraine, demonstrate the importance of such weapons.

Most of the key technical specifications of the ALS-50 are not specified. It is known that the drone can carry up to 23 kg of explosives, is resistant to enemy electronic warfare and has a launch range of up to 1,000 km. The kamikaze drones can target targets both on land and at sea.

Source: The Defence Post