The armed forces have signed contracts with Indian defence companies and startups under the fast-track process for acquisition of new-age weapons, according to people aware of development, a move that will see home-grown systems speedily delivered to the frontline. The contracts were signed last week.

The army has placed its first-ever order for swarm drone systems which are capable of surveillance and attack missions, cutting-edge loitering munitions that are being made in India, and drones capable of carrying loads to high altitudes, the people cited earlier said.

The air force has signed up for a mobile anti-drone system while the navy will get a similar system for its warships. Processed under the fast-track procedure, all the contracts have been placed on domestic companies as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and will be delivered within a year, according to the sources.


The army has taken the lead in swarm drones–considered as the future of warfare–by…