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Yes, it might be necessary to have autocad, plus remember that you should have an official license, otherwise loopcad won’t work properly. I would recommend to buy official license for autocad from CAD software Instant Downloads.
AutoCAD is not required to run LoopCAD. However, LoopCAD is able to import AutoCAD 2008 (and earlier) drawing files as a template for generating circuit layouts, and can also export to the DWG file format.