India’s highly secretive unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) programme, under which a technology demonstrator called stealth wing flying testbed or SWiFT is being developed, has reached a new milestone.
Livefist has reported that the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, a Chennai-based lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, has handed over retractable landing gear systems for SWiFT.
In a technology bulletin released in October 2020, the DRDO had said that it had completed the designing of the landing gear for the programme and the manufacturing of the airworthy components was under progress.
SWiFT is a precursor to India’s stealthy UCAV Ghatak.
“SWiFT UAV is a…scaled-down version of Ghatak UCAV The main intent of SWiFT UAV is to demonstrate and prove the stealth technology and high-speed landing technology in autonomous mode,” the DRDO has said.
A model of this platform was recently seen in a video lecture published by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, which is involved in the fundamental research and testing related to the stealth UCAV programme.
It was most likely a “mockup or a sub-scale flying model” of the SWiFT.