Defence scientists from the Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), a DRDO lab located in Agra, have begun the mission to develop India’s yet‐to‐be‐named airship. Deviating from DRDO’s previous practice of launching an ‘open study’ ahead of any new project, the scientists are taking the ‘production realisation’ route in their effort to demonstrate the airship technology. Confirming the project, ADRDE director Dr S C Sati told Express that the lab hopes to finalise the design by the end of 2014. “We started the work eight months back and have drawn inspiration from our earlier Akashdeep aerostat project. The feasibility study for the unmanned airship is over and we are all set to enter the design phase.
Source: Indian Express