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India successfully test flies indigenously developed ‘Lakshya-1’

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 8, IRNA -- India's indigenously developed micro-light pilot-less target aircraft 'Lakshya-1' was successfully test flown from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha state Wednesday.

‘Lakshya-1’, fitted with an advanced digitally controlled engine was once again test flown successfully this afternoon. It was flight tested from a mobile launcher from launch pad-II of ITR, pti reported quoting defence sources.

Usually, the flight duration of the micro light aircraft is 30 to 35 minutes. But test is conducted for enhancement of the flight duration and to check other parameters, the sources said.

'Lakshya-1’, a sub-sonic, re-usable aerial target system is remote controlled from the ground and designed to impart training to both air borne and air defence 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 has been inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) since 2000.

While a successful trial of Lakshya was conducted on January 30, Lakshya-11 had been test flown on January 25 and 27 successfully from the same ground.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30806664

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