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DRDO gets flying test bed

DRDO gets flying test bed
‘There are many systems lined up for testing such as Maritime Patrol Radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Data-link, Electro-optics and EW systems. The money invested in procuring this aircraft will give us returns many times more as the aircraft will prove its worth in the months to come. The use of flying test bed (FTB) aircraft will reduce the cycle time for development for such airborne system,’ he added.

The aircraft, a modified Dornier was handed over to DRDO in a brief ceremony held at HAL Kanpur on Thursday. LRDE, a premier DRDO lab known for design, development and leading to production  wide spectrum of. indigenous radars, had entered into a contract for delivery of Modified Dornier, DO-228 aircraft last year for testing the airborne radars and other systems. Tyagi in his address said that it is named as ‘Nabhrathna’ signifying a jewel in the sky, for testing aerospace systems. The whole programme of delivery is done in a short span of one year, even though the schedule was 18 months.
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