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DRDO Gets Success In First Flight Of Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned aircraft successfully completes maiden flight with precision in Chitradurga, Karnataka

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A graphic illustration of India’s futuristic Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)

The Defense Research and Development Organisation on Friday successfully completed the maiden flight of its fully automatic aircraft in Chitradurga, Karnataka. An official press release in this regard said that the unmanned aircraft took off with accuracy and then landed smoothly.

According to the statement, this flight is a major achievement in proving critical technologies towards development of future unmanned aircraft and it is also an important step towards self-reliance in strategic defense technologies.

The unmanned aircraft has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore, a premier research laboratory of DRDO, the statement said. According to the press release, it is powered by a small turbofan engine. The airframe, undercarriage and the entire flight control and avionics system used for the aircraft are indigenously developed.

On this occasion, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on this achievement. He said that this is a major achievement in the direction of autonomous aircraft and it will also pave the way for 'Self-reliant India' in the form of important military systems. At the same time, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development and Chairman of DRDO has appreciated the efforts of the teams involved in the design, development and testing of this system.

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