Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator from Chitradurga Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka on July 1, 2022.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful test-fire of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator and said the move would accelerate the country’s self-reliance in critical military systems. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO, also welcomed the efforts of the teams involved in the design, development and testing of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator.
#WATCH | In a major success towards developing unmanned combat aircraft, the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator was carried out successfully from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka today: DRDO officials pic.twitter.com/9PjX2dBkIr
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DRDO Autonomous flying wing technology demonstrator tested
Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft took off, including takeoff, waypoint navigation and an easy landing, according to the official statement.
The flight is an important milestone in testing critical technologies for future unmanned aircraft development and an important step toward self-sufficiency in such strategic defence technologies.
Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator: Key Details
1. The unmanned aerial vehicle, powered by a small turbofan engine, has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, a top-tier research laboratory of DRDO.
2. The fuselage, landing gear, and all flight control and avionics systems used for the Autonomous Flying Wings Technology Demonstrator are locally developed.
Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator: Why is Testing Important?
According to DRDO, stealth has prioritised fundamental research and testing related to the UCAV program. Stealth technology elements are one of the key areas for next-generation fighter aircraft projects, including the Advanced Medium Fighter Aircraft (AMCA) project.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are an integral part of War XXI, and this component is also a significant driver for the project, which has been a top priority.