Lakshya-1, India’s indigenously developed, micro-light pilotless target aircraft, saw success as it was test-flown from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.
“Fitted with an advanced digitally controlled engine, Lakshya-1, was test-flown from the launch complex-2 of the ITR at about 12.15 pm successfully”, Defence sources said.
Lakshya-1 was tested to check the validity of its engine and duration enhancement. Sources from ITR have said that the flight duration of such a micro-light aircraft is 30 to 35 minutes. Lakshya-1 happens to be 6 feet tall.
The aircraft is a sub-sonic, re-usable target system in air. It can be remote controlled from the ground and is designed to impart training to both air borne and air defence pilots.
It is launched by a solid propellant rocket motor, and sustained by a turbojet engine in flight.
The pilotless target aircraft has been developed by India’s aeronautic development establishment, Bangalore to perform discreet aerial reconnaissance of battle field and target acquisition.
Lakshya has been inducted into the Indian Air Force since 2000.