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Jindivik

Jindivik

Engines
1 x Bristol Siddeley Viper Mk 201 turbojet
Thrust
1,134 kg (2,500 lb) thrust
Length
7.11 m (23 ft 4 in)
Height
2.59 m (8 ft 6 in), on launching trolley
Wingspan
7.47 m (24 ft 6 in)
Weight
1,656 kg (3,650 lb)
Max Speed
0.86Mach, 908 km/h (490 kt) at sea level
Ceiling
19,200 m (63,000 ft)
Range
1000 km (540 nm)

Description of Aircraft

Australia’s most successful home-grown aircraft, the Jindivik (Aboriginal for ‘Hunted One’) was in production for five decades. Originally designed to a British specification for a high-speed target drone, the Jindivik has grown to cover a large range of tasks including surveillance, target towing, and cruise missile simulation.

The first example to fly on 4 November 1950 was the Pika manned proof of concept vehicle. The Pika is the only manned jet aircraft to be designed and flown in Australia. Two were built, A93-1 being lost in an accident in April 1951. The sole remaining example, A93-2, is now on display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

The first Jindivik flew in August 1952 and initial production ran from 1951 to 1986 with a total of 502 examples being delivered to Australia (182), Sweden (10), US (42), and Britain (268). The production line re-opened in 1997 when Britain ordered another 15 examples.

The Jindivik is flown via a radio command link by a five-person team on the ground. Launch is from a steerable trolley on a conventional runway directed by a Take-Off Controller who is located behind the take-off point. Recovery is directed by separate Pitch and Azimuth Controllers, and landing is accomplished using a skid extended below the drone. Throughout the mission, control is exercised from a two-person blind control cell, where the full range of flight and mission data is presented on instrument displays driven by telemetry data transmitted from the aircraft.

N11-750 (on display) was delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in December 1985 and was operated from the naval airfield at the Jervis Bay Range Facility, NSW. The aircraft was used to tow targets, infrared sensors and provide low level antiship missile training for both the RAAF and the RAN. It was retired from service and remained on outdoor display at the Jervis Bay Range Facility until being acquired by Fighter World.

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