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Successful Test of Indigenous High-Speed Flying-Wing UAV

By Amigos IAS

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’s 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

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

·       Equipped with precision-guided munitions for targeting enemy positions.

·       Locates and rescues personnel in hazardous or inaccessible areas.

·       Faster and easier deployment, providing operational flexibility.

 

Challenges to India’s Drone Potential

·       Existing communication gaps between lawmakers and drone makers.

·       Dependence on imported key components and materials required for drones.

·       Insufficient research and development in drone technology.

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

 

Government Initiatives to Promote Drones

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

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

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

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