(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
India on Friday carried out the maiden flight of the 'Autonomous
Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator', a critical step towards the
country's plans to have a full-fledged stealth combat drone.
The test of the demonstrator, also known as the 'Stealth Wing
Flying Testbed' (SWiFT), was successfully conducted from the
Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka.
The demonstrator, which looks like the mini version of a US B-2
stealth bomber, has a similar“flying wing” configuration. This
enables it to carry more fuel and remain in air for a longer
duration. It also gives the aircraft less radar signature.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRD0) said
the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off,
way-point navigation and a smooth touchdown while operating in a
fully autonomous mode.
The DRDO added:“This flight marks a major milestone in terms of
proving critical technologies towards the development of future
unmanned aircraft and is a significant step towards self-reliance
in such strategic defence technologies.”
There was no confirmation on how long the flight was.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is designed and developed by
Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, a research
laboratory under DRDO.
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