India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has procured an Ex-Air India, Airbus A319 (VT-SCO) to be used as an Inhouse flying Testbed aircraft for various Airborne Radar programs for the Indian military and the first picture of the DRDO’s Flying Test Bed has now going viral on the social media sphere where it was sported with Tipnis gray scheme and DRDO’s Logo on it.

As reported earlier by, Airbus A319 Flight Testbed aircraft will be used to carry out developmental trials of the locally developed Uttam Fire Control Radar, EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) systems, Synthetic aperture radar (SAR), Side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) systems for the Indian Air force’s A319 based AEW&C program and Navy’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) program to be based on C-295 aircraft.

DRDO’s Airbus A319 Flight Testbed can accommodate a Crew of 6 and will be equipped with test and instrumentation racks to record the performance of the systems that are in development. Airframe VT-SCO was procured in 2009 by Air India and was last flown by Air India on domestic routes till March 2021.

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