Defensenews.com reported that on Friday, July 1, India efficiently carried out the primary flight of the Stealth Wing Flying Testbed, or SWiFT, an autonomous drone know-how demonstrator. It’s a scaled-down model of the upcoming Ghatak fight drone. The 1-ton SWiFT platform is powered by a Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine. The flight befell on the aeronautical check vary based mostly at Chitradurga within the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The airframe, undercarriage, and flight management and avionics programs have been domestically developed. SWiFT demonstrated the flexibility to autonomously take off, climb, cruise, navigate to waypoints, descend and land. Watch a video of its check flight.
A scientist with the Protection Analysis and Growth Group famous that not less than 10 extra flight checks are wanted to show the potential of SWiFT, and solely then will the federal government grant funding for the full-fledged improvement of the Ghatak UAV. Protection Minister Rajnath Singh referred to as the flight a significant achievement towards autonomous plane that may pave the way in which for Aatmanirbhar Bharat — an financial initiative meant to make India much less depending on overseas know-how — when it comes to vital army programs.