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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

NORTH GRUMAN Unmanned Fighter Aircraft Concept

Work on Futuristic Unmanned Fighter Aircraft (FUFA) that started last year is progressing now to the design of intake and nozzle as the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has invited Academic partners to help optimize critical components of the design with help from IIT Kanpur.

Last year India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has floated tender for vendors who can supply a wind tunnel model that can be tested at National Tunnel Test Facility (NWTF) at IIT Kanpur. Tender documents back then had hinted why it is not ISUAV, for starters, since it has split rudder control surface deflection that is not seen in the ISUAV design, and second is its ability to demonstrate low supersonic speeds that are usually not found in sub-sonic Unmanned Strike aircraft.

The latest Tender purpose is to evaluate various configurations of the nozzle to optimize infrared signature, lock-on range, and integrated engine performance to help reduce the Radar Cross Section (RCS) and Infra-Red (IR) signature of the airframe. Selected partners will work in tandem with IIT Kanpur and ADE/DRDO. idrw.org can now confirm that FUFA will have nearly 10-13 ton All-up weight that is close to LCA-Tejas Mk1 and in the future will likely be powered by a Kaveri engine with an Afterburner section.

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