The Ministry of Defense, India and Department of Defense, USA signed a Project Agreement Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) on July 30, 2021.
The agreement signed was signed under Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence. RDT&E Agreement, which was first signed in January 2006, aims at deepening defence technology cooperation between India & US. The agreement outlines collaboration between Indian Air Force & DRDO towards design, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation of systems to co-develop ALUAV Prototype.
Under DTTI, Joint Working Groups on land, naval, air, and aircraft carrier technologies have been established for focus on mutually agreed projects in respective domains. The PA for co-development of ALUAV has been overseen by the Joint Working Group on Air Systems and is a major accomplishment for DTTI.
The main aim of DTTI is to bring sustained leadership focus to promote collaborative technology exchange and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of future technologies for Indian and US military forces.
The agreement was signed by the co-chairs of the Joint Working Group Air Systems under DTTI, Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari from the Indian Air Force and Director, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Brigadier General Brian R. Bruckbauer from the US Air Force. The Agreement has enabled setting up of several Joint Working Groups under various domains. This development project is under the purview of the Joint Working Group Air Systems.