Tuesday, December 21, 2010

India's Lakshya-2 Drone Flies

India's Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has just announced the successful flight test of a Lakshya-2 pilotless targeting drone. According to a DRDO statement today, "Users have indicated their requirement of flying pilotless target aircraft at very low altitudes (15 to 25 metres above sea level) to simulate the trajectory of low-level cruise missiles. Accordingly ADE has prepared Lakshya-2 with necessary hardware and software to meet those requirements."

The Dec 20 flight test lasted 32 minutes at a range of 10-km. The DRDO statement said, "The flight was stable and well-controlled. A mobile launcher to launch the PTA from anywhere, and GPS to locate for recovery were used successfully." The Lakshya-2 also demonstrated several manoeuvers. The system has been designed so that two Lakshya targets can be flown and controlled by the common ground control station.

Photo Courtesy DRDO

10 comments :

indian defence forum said...

good development but one must remember that the pakistani babur cruise missile is not so easy to simulate.....it has terrain hugging technology along with stealth features.....india needs something a bit more advanced than the lakshya-2 to target potential threats like low flying cruise missiles....

Anonymous said...

Thats gr8 news,... & will laxya 2 be used as re usable cruise missile?

satbir said...

Lakshya is good enough to simulate babur. It may not have tht range but can simulate last stage of Babur. it can also simulate aircrafts very well.
Shiv
I readf in wekipedia tht DRDO was trying to put camera on lakshya to make UAV. Plse search abt tht.

Anonymous said...

@ india defence forum.. welcome back bhai.. i was beginining 2 miss u..lol..and btw ur babur is no patch on our Brahmos..which is a supersonic terrain hugging cruise missile and the hypersonic version will soon be inducted too.. what is babur.. just a third class subsonic missile..`

dev said...

shiv can you tell me what is the use of lakshya when it can not come back like uav and have small range. moreover, it always destroy its nose while lending, better we concentrate more on aura.

Anonymous said...

Wats dat under the drone?jet propulsion system ?! reminds of the jets shown in tom and jerry cartoons!!

Anonymous said...

Whats the difference b/w the nishant and lakshya?? and where does AURA come into the whole picture ?!

Mr. Ra said...

Baburu can be killed in largest numbers by any point defense aircrafts.

Anonymous said...

Look closely guys - does the Lakshya have a missile attached to it? Is this an attempt to make it into a jugaad UCAV?

satbir said...

dev
lakshya is used as live target practice. And U know that practice makes man perfect. War simulation practice is very important to train our pilots.