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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited delivers 'Lakshya-1' aircraft to Bharat Dynamics Limited

Jul 27 2013, 20:27 IST
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SummaryThe aircraft was delivered by HAL which is the only company in the country producing UAVs.

Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited today said it has delivered the Pilotless Target Aircraft Lakshya-1 to Hyderabad based Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

The aircraft was delivered on July 26 by HAL which is the only company in the country producing UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicles) like Lakshya-1, it said in a release said.

"The aircraft has been delivered ahead of schedule in a record 15 months against 24 months of normal manufacturing cycle time," HAL Chairman R. K. Tyagi said.

HAL has so far produced 39 Lakshya-1 aircraft in its aircraft division situated at Bangalore that are currently under use by Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and DRDO.

The company said Lakshya-1 is a fully indigenous UAV that can realistically simulate enemy aircraft for air-to-air and surface-to-air weapon system operators; it permits proficiency assessment and improvement of weapon crew in live fire engagement.

HAL has stated that it has plans to take up manufacturing of the next generation PTA- Lakshya 2; it will be designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment.

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