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India’s Combat Air-Teaming System Program: News and Discussions

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This thread is about Combat Air Teaming System developed by HAL and Private entity New Space Research and Technologies. CATS will use for a precision strike in enemy territory without risking pilot life. it includes 5 systems.


1. CATS-LCA MAX

—> LCA MAX will be a twin sitter advanced version of LCA which will act as a mothership in CATS. there will be one pilot and one controller who will control and command all CATS UAV system.
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2. CATS-Warrior Warrior

—> CATS Warrior is a stealth Loyal Wingman UCAV. it will have an internal weapon bay to carry Air-to-Air missiles, Air-to-Ground bombs, and also carry our anti-ship mission. it has a range up to 200KM.
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Warrior comes in 2 different sizes. The large one will have a length of 8.5 to 9 m and the smaller one will have a length of 3 to 4 meters. Warrior will be powered by 2 Indian made PTAE-7 engines which will give max speed upto 0.7 mach.
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3. CATS-Hunter

—> Hunter is a UAV cum Cruise missile which able to carry a warhead up to 250kg and have two versions, one will have electro-optical sensors and the other will have AESA radar for target tracking. it will be powered by a small turbofan engine.

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4. CATS-Alpha

—> Alpha is a drone swarm consisting of 5 fixed retractable wing drones in one carrier. this carrier will go up to 75km and the swarm drone gets separated and will go 150km further. each drone consists target acquisition system and warhead for penetration.
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5. CATS-Infinity

—> Infinity is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite that will provide data link connectivity and surveillance in manned-unmanned formation in CATS. it will fly up to 65,000 Ft. and will be powered by solar panels. Infinity can remain in flight upto 90 days.
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6. ACID (Air Combat Intelligence Development)

—> ACID stands for Air Combat Intelligence Development. this program will provide Artificial Intelligence and data link for Manned Unmanned teaming in CATS.
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I find this program very interesting as it leverages India’s true IT strength to use AI as force multipliers in combat. Essentially reducing the threat to Indian pilots and the potential “weakness” on the 26th of having pilots in danger and letting expendable drones do the dangerous tasks.
so for e.g. in a Balakot type scenario,you wont have pilots electing to release early or commanders making the decision to not fully prosecute a target in case of threat to pilot life. You can lose 2-3 drones without care so long as you strike the target.

So a future strike package could be 2 MKi’s controlling these drones from well beyond BVR ranges but using the powerful Radar on board and sensors on these drones to attack both air and ground targets. It also solves the IAF’s pilot shortage issue since it lets them put the same amount of airframes with associated sensors and weapons into the air without worrying about pilot fatigue.
 

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This thread is about Combat Air Teaming System developed by HAL and Private entity New Space Research and Technologies. CATS will use for a precision strike in enemy territory without risking pilot life. it includes 5 systems.


1. CATS-LCA MAX

—> LCA MAX will be a twin sitter advanced version of LCA which will act as a mothership in CATS. there will be one pilot and one controller who will control and command all CATS UAV system.
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2. CATS-Warrior Warrior

—> CATS Warrior is a stealth Loyal Wingman UCAV. it will have an internal weapon bay to carry Air-to-Air missiles, Air-to-Ground bombs, and also carry our anti-ship mission. it has a range up to 200KM.
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Warrior comes in 2 different sizes. The large one will have a length of 8.5 to 9 m and the smaller one will have a length of 3 to 4 meters. Warrior will be powered by 2 Indian made PTAE-7 engines which will give max speed upto 0.7 mach.
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3. CATS-Hunter

—> Hunter is a UAV cum Cruise missile which able to carry a warhead up to 250kg and have two versions, one will have electro-optical sensors and the other will have AESA radar for target tracking. it will be powered by a small turbofan engine.

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4. CATS-Alpha

—> Alpha is a drone swarm consisting of 5 fixed retractable wing drones in one carrier. this carrier will go up to 75km and the swarm drone gets separated and will go 150km further. each drone consists target acquisition system and warhead for penetration.
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5. CATS-Infinity

—> Infinity is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite that will provide data link connectivity and surveillance in manned-unmanned formation in CATS. it will fly up to 65,000 Ft. and will be powered by solar panels. Infinity can remain in flight upto 90 days.
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6. ACID (Air Combat Intelligence Development)

—> ACID stands for Air Combat Intelligence Development. this program will provide Artificial Intelligence and data link for Manned Unmanned teaming in CATS.
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CC: @Chhatrapati @Zapper @rEd cHiLLi @koolzberg @Capt. Karnage @proud_indian @VkdIndian
@Gilljutt @MirageBlue @Tejas Spokesman @Indos @Bilal Khan (Quwa) @padamchen @pothead @Vikki @Raj-Hindustani @Ghost Hobbit @Syama Ayas .
YEAH COPYING WESTERN TECH, WELL DONE
 

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