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Pilotless aircraft Lakshya tested successfully

The Lakshya was launched at 9.33 am by the target support unit of the Army Air Defence College at Gopalpur.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 16:15 IST

The sea version of the pilotless target aircraft Lakshya was successfully tested over the Bay of Bengal from a range at Gopalpur on Friday.

The Lakshya was launched at 9.33 am by the target support unit of the Army Air Defence College at Gopalpur, a defence release said. This was the second test of the aircraft from the range as it was also flown on May 10, it said.

Lakshya, indigenously developed by the Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), flew for a duration of 35 minutes. It is used as a target for firing by air defence weapon systems.

Lt Gen KS Dogra, Director General of Army Air Defence, witnessed the test. A team of scientists from ADE, Indian Air Force and the Navy supported the launch and recovery of the Lakshya, the release said.