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Indigenously designed and developed RUSTOM-1 makes 5th successful Flight Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Bangalore: The indigenously designed and developed RUSTOM-1 medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (Male UAV) made its 5th successful flight, flying at an altitude of 2300 ft AGL (above ground level) & at a speed 100 Knots during a 25 minute cruise near Hosur. RUSTOM-1 is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab at Bangalore. It had its maiden flight in 2010.

PS Krishnan, Director, ADE stated that the flight was successful as all the modifications worked well and all the parameters were achieved by the UAV which weighed 661Kg & the total performance was satisfactory. In specific terms the modified lift off scheme, modified altitude and speed hold logic worked well.

This UAV can attain a maximum speed of 150 Knots, 22,000ft of altitude and endurance of 12-15 Hours with an operating range of 250 Kms when fully developed.

The flight testing of the RUSTOM-1, with payloads, is expected to be carried out this calendar year itself.

The 5th flight test is taking place after a lay off of nearly five months, during which time various improvements were carried out to the lift off & flying characteristics. The inclement weather during the rainy months also added to the delay.

The Indian Army has shown interest in this programme due to the fact that this UAV has the potential to carry out military missions like Reconnaissance & Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Target Designation, Communications Relay, Battle Damage Assessment & Signal Intelligence.

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