DRDO’s autonomous plane's maiden flight "successful"
The Defence Research and Development Organisation on Friday successfully carried out the maiden flight at Chitradurga in Karnataka.
Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight and a smooth touchdown, an official press release said.
The flight marked a major milestone in proving critical technologies towards development of future unmanned aircraft and is a significant step towards self-reliance in such strategic defence technologies, the statement read.
"It is powered by a small turbofan engine. The airframe, undercarriage and entire flight control and avionics systems used for the aircraft were indigenously developed," according to the press release.
It is a major achievement towards autonomous aircraft and would pave the way for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' in terms of critical military systems, Singh was quoted as saying.
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