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Britain orders 24 more Jindiviks

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(Statement by the iiinister for Supply, Senator IKen jA.nderson)

Britain has ordered 24 more idc. 3B Jindiviks (pilotless jet

target aircraft) from Australia, bringing total export sales to about $20m.

The Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson, said this in

Sydney today (April a).

Jindivik was designed by the Department of Supply's Government

Aircraft Factories which are currently producing the sixth improved variant.

Since the prototype (known as Pika) flew for the first time

in 1950, G-&F has delivered 357 Jindiviks and has orders for 77 in hand.

Of this total of 434 aircraft, 246 represent exports- -194 to

Britain, 42 to the U.S. and 10 to Sweden. The Departmentcam° Supply's leapons

Research Establishment (163) and the Aoyal lustralian Navy (25) make up the


Jindivik is the standard weapons target in Australia and Britain.

Radio-controlled from the ;-round, the aircraft is extremely versatile and is

still recoL;n.ised as one of the world's loading target aircraft.

Various types of tow targets can be towed by Jindivik which

can fly at 650 mph at up to 67,000 ft. and lower than 100 ft.

One Jindivik has completed more than 100 flights and is still

in good operavional condition.

It is believed there will continue to be a requirement for such

a versatile subsonic tarjet, and it is expected that production will continue

for many years.

SIDNEY, April s, 1969.