Bangalore based private firm Kinetix Engineering Solutions limited and UK based company Marques Aviation are developing ‘Eklwya’ Loyal wingman, a stealth, multirole, unmanned aerial vehicle and ‘Maya’ Medium altitude long endurance UAV. Kinetix sees the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and a certain level of autonomy to be key in really creating a revolutionary capability that can work as a huge force multiplier for existing manned combat aircraft.
Air-Superiority Stealth Loyal Wingman
The Loyal Wingman is an unmanned stealth aircraft which incorporates artificial intelligence and utilises a modular mission package with low observable design elements for minimum infrared and acoustic signatures and RCS with a different set of equipment or armaments for various missions including combat, ISR, counter air, electronic intelligence, escort of manned platforms.
The UAV employs stealth trapezoidal slender fuselage, V-tail, Serpentine air intake along with air-air refuelling (AAR) system.
The command and control has both manned-unmanned teaming architecture, The UAS is also accompanied by AI swarming capability. It also has a distributed sensor fusion.
The payloads would consist of sensors, EW systems, counter-measures & ordinances.
‘MAYA’ – MALE UAS
MAYA is a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV (MALE UAV) with multi-role dual-use feature.
Typical Military Roles & Governmental Missions
Hybrid powerplant, low fuel consumption & emissions, low operational costs
High capacity line of sight (LOS) and BLOS datalink
Proprietary AI algorithms & secure data processing
Air-air refuelling (AAR) system
Electronically-steered array radar antenna
Highly adaptable for military missions & humanitarian, development and peacekeeping operations