India continues to participate in the arms race with its latest indigenous weapon tech, the ALS-50. It is an autonomous system developed by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), designed for Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL), capable of operating in rugged terrain and at high altitudes.

Last Thursday, The Economic Times reported that India’s homegrown loitering munition had reached a significant milestone by accurately demonstrating its strike capability during tests conducted at the village of Pokhran. The successful trials marked yet another effort by the country’s military manufacturing industry, which has been working to develop solutions for the armed forces under the defense ministry’s policy initiative.

According to news reports, the ALS-50 can take off and land like a quadcopter before switching to a fixed-wing mode for long-distance travel. Its autonomous targeting system can be scaled up to increase range and payload capability and can also accurately identify and home into a pre-determined target. It is said to have a range of 1,000 km, a top speed of 190 km/h, and an endurance of six hours with approximately 23 kg of payload. Moreover, the loitering munition’s future development may include the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and swarming capabilities.