Lakshya 2 PTA success a tall claim by DRDO ?

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  1. Singh

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    Feb 23, 2009
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    Yet Another Tall Claim From DRDO

    We’re told by the DRDO that that earlier today, flying at sea skimming height of about 15 metres at DRDO’s instrumented test-range near Balasore, the Lakshya-II the advanced version of the DRDO’s Pilotless Target Aircraft, developed by the bengaluru-based Aeronautical development Establishment (ADE) demonstrated its ‘full’ capability.

    It seems that in a flight—its tenth—lasting over 30 minutes, it was made to dive down from an altitude of around 800 metres to just 12 metres and maintained the required altitude for the specified time before demonstrating auto climb-out. The entire flight was pre-programmed and it demonstrated various technologies and sub-systems, including software correction to auto-rudder scheme done to prevent loss of mission, engaging and flying in waypoint navigation mode while carrying twin towed targets.

    During the flight one of the tow targets was released and the other was deployed while the waypoint navigation mode was engaged. This was also the first time that the ‘ultimate capability’ of the Lakshya-II was demonstrated, and it reportedly achieved all the user’s objectives.

    If that is indeed the case, then the Lakshya-II ought to be consigned to the junkyard, since its ‘demonstrated’ parameters in no way come even near to that the Indian armed forces have been using all this while, this being the Mirach 100/5 from Italy’s SELEX Galileo

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