ALS-50, a loitering munition displayed by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) at DexExpo 2022, received the Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence in Defence and Aerospace Sector on Friday (21 October).

The loitering munition is one of the many such systems exhibited at the DefExpo this year by Indian defence companies.

ASL-50 has successfully demonstrated its ability to strike targets during tests at Pokhran. The system was able to hit the designated ground target accurately during trials.

Earlier, it had demonstrated its ability to operate from high-altitude areas during trials in Ladakh earlier this year.

Built using lightweight composites, the system has a range of over 50 kilometres. It has five flight modes—fully autonomous, semi-autonomous, loiter, attack, and return home.

The system is capable of Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL), which means it can take off and land like a quadcopter.

This will allow the user to operate the system from areas with limited space, like…