An Indian Air Force pilotless target aircraft Lakshya crashed in Odisha during a trial.
People gather near the missile Lakshya, the advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that crashed near Baliapal in Balasore district on Friday. (Source: PTI)
An unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV of the Indian Air Force crashed in Odisha this morning during a trial. Nobody was hurt in the incident, a senior police officer said.
The aircraft called ‘Lakshya’ was being tested at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balesore district and it crashed in an open ground near Chandamani at Baliapal.
According to locals, they heard a loud noise while working in the fields. Later, they found the aircraft in a field.
The reason behind the crash is not immediately known. DRDO team said an inquiry has been launched.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Lakshya is a pilotless target aircraft or PTA that acts as a reusable aerial target system.
“There may be some technical reason behind the accident. A team of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) rushed to the spot after the incident. There was no loss of life and property,” said Balasore Superintendent of Police (SP) Niti Shekhar.
DRDO sources said a technical glitch may have scuttled the flight of Lakshya and brought it down to the ground.
Last year, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.
No report of loss to life or property was confirmed back then.
Lakshya aircraft of the Indian Air Force is remotely operated from the ground to provide aerial targets for training and Air Defence.