India Achieves Milestone with Successful Flight Trial of Indigenous High-Speed UAV Technology

India Achieves Milestone with Successful Flight Trial of Indigenous High-Speed UAV Technology

India has achieved a significant milestone as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted a flight trial of an Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, a high-speed flying-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The trial took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, Karnataka. This success positions India among a select group of countries proficient in controlling flying wing technology in a tailless configuration.

The indigenous UAV, developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment, demonstrated its capabilities through a series of flight trials, showcasing advancements in aerodynamics, control systems, simulation, and ground control technology. The aircraft’s unique arrowhead wing platform employs lightweight carbon prepreg composite material developed domestically, emphasizing self-reliance in aerospace technology. The autonomous landing feature, achieved without ground radars or infrastructure, highlights the UAV’s ability to take off and land from any runway with surveyed coordinates.

The successful deployment of the UAV, incorporating onboard sensor data fusion and satellite-based augmentation using GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) receivers, enhances navigation accuracy and integrity. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended DRDO, the Armed Forces, and the Industry for this achievement, emphasizing the strengthened capabilities it brings to the country’s defense. Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, also extended congratulations to the teams involved in this significant technological advancement.

India recently marked a significant achievement by becoming the first country to demonstrate the capability of engaging four aerial targets simultaneously within a range of 25 kilometers using a single firing unit. This groundbreaking accomplishment underscores India’s advancements in defense technology and highlights its commitment to strengthening its military capabilities. The successful demonstration not only showcases the nation’s technological prowess but also positions it at the forefront of innovative defense strategies, enhancing its preparedness in the ever-evolving landscape of modern warfare.

The Akash Weapon System, crafted and engineered by DRDO, is manufactured collaboratively by BEL/BDL in conjunction with other industries. The most recent firing was conducted from the system that was officially integrated into the Indian Air Force in 2019.

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