The Jindivik was a target drone produced by the Australian Government Aircraft Factory (GAF). The name is from an Aboriginal Australian word meaning hunted one. The radio controlled jet aircraft was designed by Ian Fleming of GAF. A manned version, the GAF Pika was built as a proof of concept to test the aerodynamics, engine and radio control systems. Development began in 1948, with the first flight of the Pika (The Flier) in 1950 and the first flight of the Jindivik Mk.1 in August 1952 From 1952 to 1986, a total of 502 aircraft were produced. In September 1986 the 500th Jindivik came off the production line and was formally handed over to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Prior to the Jindivik the UK was still using the Queen Bee an unmanned version of the De Havilland Tiger Moth.
In 1997, the production line was re-opened to build another 15 for Britain. This aircraft has been used by the Royal Australian Air Force, the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force. The latest of some 20 Jindivik variants, the Mk 4A first flew at Llanbedr, in Wales, in 1987 and introduced further performance enhancements including greater manoeuvrability. The most notable spin-off from the Jindivik programme was probably the Viper jet engine. Originally designed to be a cheap, short life engine, its success led to widespread use in such aircraft as the Jet Provost and the HS.125. The service life of the Jindivik has far exceeded that originally extimated. In its day the Mk3B Jindivik could could outperform front-line fighters in a climb to 67,000ft and it had a range of 1440km. Jindivik sales were made primarily to the UK but also to the USA and Sweden.
The Jindivik has now been withdrawn from service. Elliotts supplied the Flight Control system for the Jindivik
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Years Manufactured: 1952 - 1986
Platform Type: Fixed Wing, Unmanned
Initial Maker: Australian Government Aircraft Factory (GAF)
Final Maker: Australian Government Aircraft Factory (GAF)