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(Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft)
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Unofficial artistic impression of AURA-I
Role Unmanned Stealth Bomber
Manufacturer Defence Research and Development Organisation
Designer Aeronautical Development Agency
Introduction 2019-2020[1]
Status Under Development
Primary user Indian Air Force (expected)

Indian Navy (expected) [2]

AURA is an autonomous unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the Indian Air Force[3][4] and Indian Navy.[5] The design work on the UCAV is to be carried out by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Details of the project are classified.[6]

The UCAV will be capable of releasing missiles, bombs and precision-guided munitions. The programme is in its project definition stage. The design is in line with what former DRDO chief controller for Aeronautics said in 2007, that India's combat drone would be a stealthy flying-wing concept aircraft with internal weapons bay and a turbofan engine.[citation needed]


The ADA describes the AURA as a "self-defending high-speed reconnaissance UAV with weapon firing capability". The first images released as part of a presentation shows the UAV as having a stealth design.[7] The AURA will cruise at medium altitude and will be capable of carrying two or more guided strike weapons with on-board sensors for targeting and weapon guidance.

The flight control system and data link packages of Aura (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) will be designed and developed jointly by ADA and Defence Electronics Application Laboratory.[8]

DRDO's Chief Controller, R&D (aeronautics), Dr Prahlada said, "Capable of flying at altitudes of 30,000 ft (9,144 m) and weighing less than 15 tonnes, the UCAVs will have rail-launching for the missiles, bombs and PGMs (precision-guided munitions) they will carry." A non-afterburning[9] variant of Kaveri was said to be used in the UCAV.[10] In 2015 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed Rajya Sabha that AURA will be powered by a Kaveri derivative engine ("dry" engine).[11]

On 13 November 2015, it was reported that Indian government is set to allocate 3,000 crore (US$470 million) for development of advance version of Kaveri Engine named Ghatak to power India's Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) AURA.[12]

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Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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