16/10/2020

India’s Secretive Stealth Drone Project Uncovered

India’s Secretive Stealth Drone Project Uncovered – link

Source: UAS Vision

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  • The DRDO’s “Ghatak”, or what was previously known as “AURA”, is probably the most secretive aircraft project of the Indian government, which is aimed to develop an unmanned stealth deep penetration strike bomber for the Indian Armed Forces
  • The design is based on the flying wing concept, which is a tailless and undefined fuselage concept
  • The new appearance made was during a lecture on UAV aerodynamics shared about two weeks ago, and the craft is known as SWiFT (Stealth Wing Flying Testbed) and resembles the Ghatak UAV physically
  • According to the sources, the image is the first appearance of Ghatak scaled-downed prototype with its undercarriage and landing gear
  • In the video, more than one model of the flying wing SWiFT can be seen, and the institution is reportedly studying the viability of achieving lower radar cross-section and conducting wind-tunnel tests, making a crucial base for future Indian aircraft projects in the aviation sector
  • The technologies associated with the project are expected to be 100% indigenously developed, however, controversies still prevail over the power-plant. In 2018, it was reported that the early prototypes would be powered by the Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine
  • The Ghatak is now a fully funded and sanctioned national defence project, and will likely see large-scale private sector participation going forward, given its many linkages with India’s AMCA fifth-generation stealth fighter program
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