Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed new autopilot systems for the aging Avro aircraft after a supplier left the Indian Air Force unable to service the aircraft.
The autopilot system will enable the plane to fly a specific route without human interference. The pilots had to revert to manual mode after problems arose with the autopilot systems. Avro is used to ferry senior officials of the IAF.
The latest FOG autopilot systems have been developed at the Research center Imarat (RCI), a unit of DRDO.
The systems will be tested for user trails by Aircraft and Systems Tests Establishment (ASTE), also under DRDO.
“The indigenization has brought down the cost of the systems to a few lakh rupees,” the Times Of India quoted an unnamed source as saying.