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India's 'Lakshya' test flown successfully

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 30, IRNA
India-Pilotless Aircraft-Test Flown
'Lakshya', India's indigenously developed micro-light and pilotless target aircraft (PTA), was successfully test flown on Wednesday from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore in Orissa.

"Lakshya fitted with an advanced digitally controlled engine was test flown at about 12 noon successfully and it was carried out to check the validity of its engine and duration enhancement," PTI reported here quoting defence sources.

Usually, the flight duration of the six feet long micro light aircraft is 30 to 35 minutes.

Lakshya, a sub-sonic and re-usable aerial target system is remote controlled from the ground and designed to impart training to both air borne and air defense pilots.

The PTA has been developed by India's Aeronautic Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore to perform discreet aerial
reconnaissance of battle field and target acquisition.

Lakshya was introduced in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2000.

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