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DRDO set to acquire DO-228 as the new Flight Test Bed | HAL set to roll out modified Dornier

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  1. lca-fan

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    DRDO set to acquire DO-228 as the new Flight Test Bed | HAL set to roll out modified Dornier

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    By Anantha Krishnan M
    Express News Service


    Bangalore: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to acquire a new flight test bed (FTB) in the form of a modified and custom-made Dornier (DO-228) aircraft. The DRDO hopes to reduce the dependency on foreign agencies to carry out the tests, once the desi FTB is rolled out. The platform, being manufactured by Kanpur-based Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), will likely to be with the DRDO by the first week of April. With all modifications, the FTB is expected to cost over Rs 100 crore.
    DRDO sources tell Express that many industries and government firms were on the hunt for a suitable platform to undertake standalone tests of critical components and systems. With the increase in indigenous aeronautical activities within the country, the initial plan was to go for a foreign aircraft and later equip it with Indian systems. "Embraer was one of the candidates we looked at. Generally the test and design data of an imported aircraft are not shared owing to the proprietary clause. We couldn't have flown our own FTB without knowing these details either. So the plane to import was shelved and DO-228 was the automatic choice. HAL's TAD Kanpur have all the expertise available with them in manufacturing the Dorniers," an official said.

    With the arrival of a new FTB, DRDO hopes that the development time for various projects will come down. "The FTB will come handy for all airborne system evaluations. We hope to test all systems of Tejas, unmanned air vehicles on the FTB. In addition, radars, antennas, radio altimeters, data links and ATOL systems (automatic take-off and landing) will now take the FTB route. So far some limited Indian radars were tested with Israeli help," the official said. DRDO has put two consoles on the yet-to-be-named FTB, with the potential for adding two more.
    The new FTB is expected to serve the needs to DRDO for the next 20 years. Currently, the Centre for Airborne Systems, DRDO lab, operates an Avro for limited tests. The new FTB will be on the rolls of Electronics & Radar Development Establishment, another DRDO lab, and it will be flown by the Test Pilots from Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment of the Indian Air Force.

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    Bhaiya buy an Airbus test bed from the Airbus with onboard testing equipments. Give one Airbase dedicated for development and testing pupose.
    Don't cry latter that do-228 is smaller for tesing onboard FCR radar, or it could not fly above that altitude, or it is only subsonic, and you need supersonic test bed.
    Why can't we have a test bed, for the indigenous turbo fan engine. Buying a test bed is not enough, you need the dedicated expertize, which could test and provide certificate for the equipments, if not take the help of the Airbus. And why only for the DRDO, why not a national agency, which do all such testing and certification for the PSU's and pvt. firm for both military and civilian applications.

    Its high time, and we need a big push for the indegenous Aerospace industry and please look at the pace, and the push, funds which the Chinese are pumping in this domain.
     
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    India Inaugurates Aeronautical Test Range for Next Gen Fighter Jets, UAVs
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    Soon to be home to India’s ongoing aeronautical projects, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the newly-built 2.2-km-long aeronautical test range (ATR) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).


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    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The ATR, which is situated in the southern state of Karnataka, will have its runway extended in the near future by another kilometer.


    "The ATR is the first of its kind range in the country exclusively meant to conduct flight-tests of indigenous unmanned and manned aircrafts, developed by the DRDO including the naval and trainer versions of the Light Combat Aircraft, the unmanned air vehicles- Rustom-I and Rustom-II (Tapas); the airborne early warning & control systems (AEW&C), air-to-ground weapons, parachutes and aerostats, etc," a statement issued by India's Defense Ministry said.



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    It is considered that most of the trial of light combat aircraft Tejas will be conducted here from now onwards. Spread across 4,029 acres, the 28-kilometer perimeter strategic test range envisages a 2.2-kilometer runway besides other tracking and control equipment.


    "We have a neighbor who has been perpetuating security threats for the past seven decades as far as India is concerned. And therefore our level of defense preparedness should be optimal, as it always is. And if your level of defense preparedness is always to be optimal, you need to eventually establish facilities that, to a large extent, can be manufactured within the country," Arun Jaitley said.

    Last November, Indian scientist had successfully carried out the test flight of Tapas 201 (Rustom-II), a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV at the ATR.
    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705291054096871-india-test-jets/

    FTB along with ATR will long go in establishing Indian aviation industry to make India self reliant for future Fighter requirements.

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    Thanks and

    What about the other.

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