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Successful Test of Indigenous High-Speed Flying-Wing UAV

Why is it in the news?

  • DRDO successfully tests Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, an indigenous high-speed flying-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

More about the news

  • Tailless fixed-wing aircraft with payload and fuel housed in its main wings.
  • Scaled-down version of a futuristic unmanned combat aerial vehicle.
  • Designed and developed by DRDO鈥檚 Aeronautical Development Establishment.
  • Allows take-off and landing from any runway with surveyed coordinates using GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN).
  • Positions India in the elite club mastering flying wing technology.
  • Potential use as a covert stealth combat drone.


Applications of Drones in Defence

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Used to identify enemy positions, assess terrain, and track movements.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Equipped with precision-guided munitions for targeting enemy positions.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Locates and rescues personnel in hazardous or inaccessible areas.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Faster and easier deployment, providing operational flexibility.


Challenges to India’s Drone Potential

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Existing communication gaps between lawmakers and drone makers.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dependence on imported key components and materials required for drones.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Insufficient research and development in drone technology.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Supply-side issues related to standardization of components and mass production.


Government Initiatives to Promote Drones

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Drone Shakti Scheme: A scheme to institutionalize and create a framework for multiple stakeholders to collaborate.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 PLI Scheme: Production Linked Incentive scheme for drones and drone components.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Drone Rules 2021: New rules to facilitate startups and small and medium-sized enterprises in the drone sector.

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