(Chindits) : Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore belonging to Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successfully on December 20, 2010 the flight test of Lakshya-2 the Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) built to meet the anticipated users requirements for such a vehicle for testing out their guns and missiles.
The users have indicated their requirement of flying the pilotless target aircraft at very low altitudes (15 to 25 metres above sea level) to simulating trajectory of low-level cruise missiles. Accordingly ADE prepared Lakshya-2 with necessary hardware and software for meeting the user requirements. The flight test was of 32 minutes duration controlled by Ground Control Station and the low altitude flight was proved over 10km range. The flight was stable and well controlled. Mobile launcher to launch the PTA from anywhere and GPS to locate for recovery were used successfully.
The pilotless aircraft also demonstrated its manoeuvring capability simultaneously simulating manoeuvring attacking aircrafts. The system has been designed so that two Lakshya targets can be flown and controlled by the Common Ground Control Station.