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Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator

Focus: GS III- Indigenization Of Technology

Why in News?

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully carried out the maiden test flight of a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), an autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka.

About the Indigenous Drone

  • A tiny turbofan engine powers the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • It is being developed as part of the programme for unmanned combat aerial vehicles.
  • It is created and developed by Bengaluru’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a top DRDO research facility.
  • The Russian TRDD-50MT engine was intended for cruise missiles initially.
  • To fulfil the demand, an indigenously produced tiny turbo fan engine is being created.

Significance of the development

  • Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off, way point navigation and a smooth touchdown.
  • This flight marks a major milestone in terms of proving critical technologies towards the development of future unmanned aircraft.
  • This is a significant step towards self-reliance in strategic defence technologies.

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