Drones are changing the face of modern warfare. They have helped win numerous wars in recent times; the latest being the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict. How drones proved tremendously effective against armour and artillery and from this conclusion two rival India and China rush to convert old aircraft into optically-manned combat aircraft.
Indian Kiran MK-II OMCA
In February last year, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and New Space Research & Technologies had signed an agreement “to explore cooperation for joint development and manufacturing of various products and systems in the area of unmanned systems, swarm technology and space systems.”
India has been a late starter in using drones as an attack strategy in modern warfare, in fact, the Rustom series is not a new phenomenon. It was initiated in the 80s by the DRDO by late Rustom Damania as part of operational requirements for the three services – Army, Navy and Air Force.
Now reports say India has been testing the Kiran MK-II intermediate jet-powered trainer aircraft to convert it into CATS OMCA (optically-manned combat aircraft).