Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is one of the laboratories under Aero Cluster of Defence R&D organization (DRDO), which is responsible for the development of various kinds of Aeronautical systems. ADE is the nodal agency for development of Unmanned Aerial systems for Indian armed forces.
ADE was established on 5th January 1959, with the mandate to support the acquisition of equipment by the Air Force & type approval of aeronautical stores supplied by the industry. During Sixties, in addition to the mandated tasks such as Evaluation trials of specialized equipment imported by IAF and Evaluation of Aircraft for type certification, ADE saw the development of Hovercraft. ADE made valuable strides in the areas of Ground Transmitter – Receiver, Regulated Power Supply Unit, IFF equipment etc. during the period.
Rapid expansion of R&D activities took place during the seventies and eighties. During this period, ADE was assigned the task of Design and Development of air-launched expendable target aircraft systems, Pilot training simulators, Re-usable rocket pods, Headup displays, Electro-optic sensors, Flight Control System evaluation, Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic radome, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) of two classes – the high speed UAV (i.e. PTA) for realistic simulation of enemy aircraft and low speed UAVs (i.e. RPV) for reconnaissance & surveillance purposes & digital fly-by-wire FCS for Light Combat Aircraft.
The Nineties saw the emergence of ADE as a major Aeronautical Systems Research Laboratory of the Defense R&D Organization and practically involved in all major aspects of aeronautical research, design and development pertaining to military aviation.
The period since 2000 has become a very productive one for ADE in the areas of Delivery of Nishant to Army under LSP; Delivery of PTA Lakshya to all three services through LSP; Development of Rustom 1 MALE UAV; Development & Production of AGCS; Development of DFCC for UAVs & Tejas; Delivery of CPSS to Airforce; Delivery of APTT, Development and realization of FLYDAQ – a Field deployed telemetry station for UAV development flights; Development of Mini & Micro UAVs, etc.
Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) has been established at Challakere near Chitradurga and forty flights of TAPAS BH-201 have been completed till date. Fifth flight of Nirbhay has been successfully conducted and preparations are under way for the sixth flight. TAPAS UAV and Nirbhay integration hangers have been set up. Full Mission Simulator for training squadron pilots of LCA has been set up at ADE and is also coming up at Sulur. A world class Active Electronically Scanning Antenna Array measurement facility at ATR, Chitradurga is coming up.
- Pilotless Target Aircrafts.
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
- Engineering and Pilot training Simulator.
- Flight Control Systems.
- Pilot Selection System.
- Air Weapons.
CORE COMPETENCY OF THE LAB
- Configuration design
- Aerodynamic design database generation
- Wind tunnel model design and testing
- Propeller design and development
- Store separation simulation and testing
- Propulsion system integration
- Fuel system management
- Air intake design and analysis
- Booster integration
Flight Control & Simulation
- Fly by wire control System
- Autonomous Flight Design
- Flight Control System Design
- HILS System Design
- Verification & Validation
- Cockpit Display System Design
- Flight Simulation
- Pilot in Loop Simulation
- Air Vehicle Design
- Flight Testing
- System Engineering
- System Design
- Configuration Management
Flight Test, Tele-Command and Tracking
- Tele- Command Design
- Tracking System Design
- Telemetry System Design
- Ground Control Station
- Airframe Analysis and Design including Composites
- CG Management & Layout Design
- Aero-Elastic Analysis
- Structural Testing
- Mechanical Design of Actuators
- Undercarriage system design
- Payload housing Design