India joins bat-wing large UAV club

India aerospace journalist Shiv Aroor’s LiveFist blog today brings us the first conceptual renderings of AURA, the stealth UCAV project that India apparently decided to leak into the public domain a few weeks ago.


India’s is part of a growing global craze for bat-wing-shaped UAVs. Consider the following list of acknowledged, bat-wing UCAV projects in development across the world:

  • BAE Systems Taranis
  • Boeing Phantom Ray
  • Dassault Neuron
  • Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel

  • Mikoyan Skat
  • Northrop Grumman X-47B

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the last are the omissions. Where is China? What about Israel? Stay tuned …


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3 Responses to India joins bat-wing large UAV club

  1. Tim D-T 18 June, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Hmm, not too stealthy if they paint the bottom side orange, green, and white . . . pretty, though.

  2. aeroxavier 18 June, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    we are going to make UFO like we have imagine it…or see it…

  3. Dave Collins 20 June, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    “Dassault Neuron” more like the “Dassault headed SAAB NEURON”…. Saab has the overall responsibility for the aircraft design, construction, avionics etc and the UCAV is practially a copy of the Saab filur uav :)

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