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DRDO AFW (Autonomous Flying Wing)


Technology Demonstrator [ 2022 ]



The DRDO Autonomous Flying Wing technology demonstrator took tot he air for the first time in early-July of 2022.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/07/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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DRDO of India is actively testing the Autonomous Flying Wing (AFW) technology demonstrator to further bolster indigenous drone-making capabilities. The unmanned aircraft marks a considerable evolution for the country with a drone solution more akin to advanced forms found in the West. Capable of operating under full autonomy, a successful first-flight of the system was announced on July 1st, 2022, this specimen flown with a vertical tailfin in place.

The aircraft was developed by the engineers of the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) as part of the DRDO consortium.

Design-wise, the aircraft is given a flying wing shape with blended wing-body planform and arrowhead-like appearance. The engine, along with avionics and other pertinent operating and mission systems, are buried within the fuselage bulge of the aircraft. A trapezoidal intake is positioned above the nose section for the air-breathing turbofan engine component. For ground-running, a retractable, wheeled conventional tricycle undercarriage is deployed.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2022

Origin
India national flag graphic
India

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) - India
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National flag of India India
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


monoplane / mid-mounted / swept-back
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mid-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted along the midway point of the sides of the fuselage.
Swept-Back
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the DRDO AFW production variant)
Installed: 1 x Non-afterburning turbofan engine of unknown make, model, and output thrust.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the DRDO AFW production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Mission-equipment for the testing role carried internally.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
AFW ("Autonomous Flying Wing") - Base Project Name.


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