Balasore,(Odisha): The advanced version of
pilotless target aircarft (PTA) Lakshya -II was successfully
flight tested at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) here,
demonstrating its `ultimate` capability.
The 10th flight demonstration was held yesterday at the
ITR, about 15 km from here.
"The entire flight was pre-programed and was totally
successful," the Defence Ministry said today.
Lakshya II flew at sea skimming height of about 15 meters.
"In a flight lasting over 30 minutes, it was made to dive down
from an altitude of around 800 meters to just 12 meter and
maintained required altitude for the specified time before
demonstrating auto climb-out," sources said here.
It demonstrated various technologies and sub-systems
including software correction to auto rudder scheme done to
prevent loss of mission, engaging and flying in way point
navigation mode while carrying tow targets.
During the flight, one of the tow targets was released
and the other was deployed while way point navigation was on.
Lakshya-II has been designed and developed by
Bangalore based Aeronautical Development Establishment, a
premier DRDO lab specializing in UAVs and flight control
systems, the sources said.