The Tata Group has repeatedly made the people of India proud with its world-class technology. Now they have embarked on a project to design and manufacture military aircraft on Indian soil. A German-born airline will buy the design, technology and other high-quality equipment, The Economic Times reported. The Tata group plans to transform the entire system into a surveillance collecting asset by bringing together domestic sensors and armaments and other payloads. A high-altitude aircraft with a twin engine can play an important role in surveillance. It can be deployed for signal gathering as well as for cross-border surveillance. The aircraft is currently in the final stages of testing in Germany.
The aircraft is expected to reach India in the next three months and then some more integration will take place. The process of building a full-fledged military-grade aircraft was still under the control of the state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This is the first time a non-governmental Indian company has entered the fray. The Grobe G160 SPN is a German jet that failed to reach mass-manufacturing levels due to financial complications. The Tata military aircraft is going to be based on their design.It can fly at 41,000 feet and reach a maximum of 45,000 feet. The aircraft has a range of 1600 nautical miles, an endurance capacity of six to seven hours, and a payload capacity of more than 1000 kg. It is thought to be capable of landing on grasslands, starting with rocky terrain.
It can be used for intelligence gathering, surveillance purposes. The aircraft will be showcased by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) at the Aero India Expo in Bangalore this week. The agency hopes the system will be used by the armed forces in the near future. TASL MD Sukran Singh said, “We are now focusing on making some special modifications to the aircraft so that it can carry out special surveillance as well as carrying special payloads. This ability is crucial for a country like India, which has multiple mountain ranges across the entire territory in addition to its international borders. For so long, India has relied on foreign suppliers to meet this need. To start production of the newly invented aircraft, the Tata Group will soon launch a factory in the country.