DRDO- Defence Research and Development Organisation has demonstrated the Flying Wing UAV and through this introduction, India has joined the club of selected Countries who have such technologies.
With the development of the flying wing UAV, it is another step towards building a stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Soon this will get converted in a larger remotely-piloted strike aircraft (RPSA).
India conducted a flight trial of the Ghatak UAV – “autonomous flying wing technology demonstrator” from the aeronautical test range at Chitradurga in Karnataka on Friday.
Features of Ghatak UCAV:
The Ghatak is an autonomous jet-powered stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), which is designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force.
It was initially named the Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft (AURA).
In 2015, the then Defense Minister informed Rajya Sabha that the Ghatak UCAV was to be powered by a dry variant of the Kaveri after-burning turbofan engine.
It will have a thrust of 52 kilonewtons. The flight control system and data link packages of the Ghatak UCAV are developed in-house by ADA and the Defense Electronics Application Laboratory.