Source : IgMp Bureau
|This deal was inked on Thursday in the presence of RAdm Arjun Dev Nair, ACNS (SR), RAdm K Srinivas, ACOM (Mod) & Cmde A P Golaya, Oi/C TDAC.|
The Indian Navy has signed a contract with Sagar Defense Engineering for the procurement of Autonomous Weaponized Boats as a part of iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) program that will have the capability of swarming.
The Indian Navy will procure 12 systems initially for testing and trial purposes but eventually the orders will expand.
Inching ahead towards achieving #Aatmanirbharta in Defence, #iDEX signs its 50th SPRINT contract with @SagarDefence in the presence of RAdm Arjun Dev Nair, ACNS (SR), RAdm K Srinivas, ACOM (Mod) & Cmde A P Golaya, Oi/C TDAC.
Congratulations @SagarDefence 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/P0L63GcEkc
— iDEX DIO (@India_iDEX) January 4, 2023
The Navy sees Autonomous Surface Boats as ‘Force Multipliers’ as it will limit the number of personnel required to conduct routine surveillance operations.
It has also proven during Russia Ukraine war where Ukraine has been using Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) against Russian Frigates in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. These vessels are cheap compared to costly frigates and destroyers and can inflict huge damage to adversaries.
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