Pilot-less Target Aircraft Lakshya-II flight-tested

Lakshya is a remotely piloted aerial vehicle designed and built by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a subsidiary of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), for the Indian Armed Forces.

A total of 23 Lakshya units are currently operational with Indian Defence Services.

A reconnaissance version of Lakshya is being built. It will be fitted with electro-optic cameras, digital onboard computers and Satcom datalink to carry out autonomous operations.

The advanced version of Pilot-less Target Aircraft (PTA), Lakshya-II was test-flown by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from the Integrated Test Range off Odisha coast on Wednesday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle was flight-tested from the launching complex-III of the test range at 4.25 pm and demonstrated its full capability.

Defence sources said the entire flight was pre-programmed and successful. It demonstrated various technologies and sub-systems including software correction.

“In a flight lasting over 30 minutes, it was made to dive at different altitudes. It also maintained required altitude for the specified time before demonstrating auto climb-out,” said an official.

The Drone is controlled by a  ground station that provides realistic towed aerial sub-targets for live fire training.The drone is ground or ship launched from a Zero length Launcher and recovery is b a two-stage parachute system developed by ADE (DRDO),for land or sea based recovery.The crushable nose cone of the drone is capable to absorb any type of impact at the time of landing and minimise the damage.

The Lakshya PTA is poweed by a single PTAE-7 turbojet engine which is capable of producing 3.7 kn of thrust.The engine is designed and manufactured by HAL in Bangalore. . It features a four stage transonic axial flow compressor, single stage turbine, an annular flow combustion chamber, digital electronic fuel control system and 16 fuel flow burners.

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The aircraft also demonstrated its manoeuvring capability simultaneously simulating manoeuvring attacking aircraft. The aircraft has been designed in such a way that two targets can be flown and controlled by a common ground control station.

Lakshya-II has been designed and developed by Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a premier DRDO lab specialising in UAVs and flight control systems.

The PTA, 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-defence pilots.

It is required for evaluation and development trials of new surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems. The test was carried out to check the validity of its engine and duration enhancement.






Source:-New Indian Express

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