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India receives first batch of ALS-50 loitering munitions from Tata

17th May 2023 - 00:33 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi


The Indian Air Force is now operating the ALS-50 loitering munition built by TASL. (Photo: TASL)

The first ASL-50 loitering munitions from Tata have been delivered to the Indian military.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received a first batch of indigenously designed loitering munitions, capable of operating in India’s diverse terrain and climatic environment.

Officials said private-sector Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) had handed over the 2.5m-long, VTOL-capable Advanced Loitering System-50 (ALS-50). The IAF has ordered 100 units of this loitering munition.

With a 3.8m wingspan, it can deliver anti-personnel and antitank warheads weighing up to 6kg to a range of 50km.

Built of lightweight composites and with a cruise speed of 100km/h, the ALS-50 features a rectangular fuselage with rounded edges and shoulder-mounted wings fitted with underwing

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Rahul Bedi


Rahul Bedi

Rahul Bedi is a New Delhi-based journalist reporting for over 30 years on strategic, military, and security …

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