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DRDO AURA – INDIA’S UCAV & Full Specification (LATEST)


DRDO AURA is also known as DRDO GHATAK, the full form of AURA is AURA (Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft). It is Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), ADE, and Defence Avionics and Research Establishment (DARE) are jointly developing an indigenous unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) or Ghatak UCAV, named Aura. Flight control system and data link packages of the Aura will be designed and developed jointly by ADE and Defence Electronic Application Laboratory, Dehradun. An exclusive club of countries has been engaged in building, unmanned stealth bomber aircraft, intelligent and autonomous unmanned stealth aircraft. The DRDO AURA is having similar capabilities to USA bomber aircraft.


AURA is an autonomous stealth unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization for the Indian Air Force. The design work on the UCAV is to be carried out by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Details of the project are classified.

The DRDO AURA UCAV will be capable of releasing missiles, bombs and precision-guided munitions. The Programme is in its project definition stage. The design is in line with what former DRDO chief controller for Aeronautics said in 2007, that India’s combat drone would be a stealthy flying-wing concept aircraft with internal weapons bay and a turbofan engine

The ADA describes the AURA as a “self-defending high-speed reconnaissance UAV with weapon firing capability”. The AURA will cruise at medium altitude and will be capable of carrying two or more guided strike weapons with onboard sensors for targeting and weapon guidance. and also used as Indian stealth bomber.

The flight control system and data link packages of Aura (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) will be designed and developed jointly by ADA and Defence Electronics Application Laboratory.

India’s aura fits for discharging missiles, bombs and exactness guided weapons and will go about as a definitive constrain multiplier and distinct advantage in any fight situation without bounds. Indias AURA has the stealth shape and it will be painted with a unique paint that assimilates the radar signal originating from the foes side and can’t send them back and consequently not perceivable by radar.

AURA Ghatak will convey the rail-propelling for the missiles, bombs, and exactness guided ammunition. The plane effectively sent in profound infiltration strike. Suppression of for air defenses.Strategic surveillance and electronic fighting.

The plane is incorporated with most capable mind-boggling and unconquerable interchanges and information connect design that can control UAV alongside deadly payload from the many miles away countries. India is known for its low-cost innovations, so as USA drone can be expensive whereas India’s UCAV is much cheaper and advanced in features.

An unmanned combat aerial vehicle is also known as a combat drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle, the usually carries aircraft ordnance such as a missile. The aircraft of this type have no onboard human pilot.

These drones are usually under real-time human control with varying levels of autonomy as the operator runs the vehicle from a remote terminal, resulting in a lower weight and a smaller size than a manned aircraft, while several nations possess and manufacture UAV, only the USA, India, Israel, Italy, China are at a present known to have manufactured operational UCAV, as of December 2015 and as Russia scrapped this project due to cost issues.

DRDO’s Chief Controller, R&D (aeronautics), Dr. Prahlada said, “Capable of flying at altitudes of 30,000 ft. (9,144 m) and weighing less than 15 tonnes, the UCAVs will have rail-launching for the missiles, bombs, and PGMs (precision-guided munitions) they will carry. A non-afterburning variant of Kaveri was said to be used in the UCAV. In 2015 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed RajyaSabha that DRDO AURA Ghatak UCAV will be powered by a Kaveri derivative engine.

DRDO AURA Status & Specifications


  • Deep penetration strike, suspension of enemy air defense, strategic reconnaissance, electronic warfare.


  • Precision-guided bombs.
  • Standoff strike weapons.


  • Stealth shape, radar absorber paint, and materials, low observability features.

Future capabilities AURA

  • Precision-guided Missiles.
  • Air to Air capability as an unmanned fighter.
  • Serpentine air intake.
  • Low heat exhaust.

DRDO Aura latest news


Unmanned stealth Fighter vehicle
National origin



Operating Crew



The designer

Aeronautical development agency

Primary user

Indian air force

Under Development

Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) play a predominant role in the modern day warfare where the emphasis is on surveillance, intelligence-gathering, and dissemination of information. Within a few decades, these systems have evolved from performing a single role/mission to performing multiple missions like surveillance, monitoring, acquiring, tracking and destruction of the target with the use of advanced technologies. UAVs serve as unique tools, which broaden battlefield situational awareness and the ability to see, target, and destroy the enemy by providing actionable intelligence to the lowest tactical levels, and used as Indian drone fighter.

However, is that there is no risk to human lives? Unmanned platforms are the emerging lethal and non-lethal weapons of choice and have transformed the way the armed forces now prosecute operations. The probability of losing reconnaissance platforms to enemy fire is quite higher, thus making UAV a better option.

A distinct advantage of UAVs is their cost-effectiveness. They can be developed, produced, and operated at lower costs compared to the cost of manned aircraft. The relative savings in engines, airframes, fuel consumption, pilot training, logistics, and maintenance are enormous. The biggest advantage of UAVs,

During development of Nishant and Lakshya, ADE has developed a large number of technologies in the field of flight telemetry, control system, sensors, and composite materials that have aided in the design, testing, analysis, and manufacturing of UAVs. The technologies developed and implemented in the UAV subsystems are

Manual and autonomous modes of operation.

  • Low-cost sensors-based navigation.
  • Energy management man oeuvre based guidance for altitude control.
  • Fault-tolerant features against temporary telecommand

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