Friday, November 11, 2011

India's Rustom-1 UAV Makes 5th Flight


The Indian RUSTOM-1 unmanned air system made its 5th successful flight this morning, flying for 25 minutes at 2300-ft AGL at a speed 100 Knots. The 661-kg RUSTOM-1 flew first in 2010. The UAS can attain a maximum speed of 150-knots, 22,000-feet and endurance of 12-15 hours with an operating range of 250 km when fully developed.

Photos / DRDO

21 comments :

Shreyan said...

I have seen it over the skies of Electronic city in the month of either April or May flying low very low..and again in September.Managed to take a snap back then.

iguru said...

wow the pictures are very clear...goo snap an a good flight test too...

Anonymous said...

How can 12 hour endurance with 150 knots give a operational range of 250 kms only ??

Anonymous said...

does it carry bombs similar to reaper or predator

Anonymous said...

Are they ever going to acknowledge Burt Rutan's design? It is always flogged as indigenous.

Anonymous said...

Another non-functional and stupid design.

All ADAs' and HALs' leaders and design engineers should be fired.

Nagaraj said...

WOW ! Great news. All the best to DRDO and Rustom project and wishing early induction.
Expecting more details on the project.

Anonymous said...

how many more years of testing rustom -h for another 4 years and rustom ucav for another 4 years may be nal it means we dont get a decent ucav until nend of this decade

NJS said...

@ Anon 9.28

There will be three variants of the Rustom UAV

Rustom-1: tactical UAV with endurance of 12 hours

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-plans-to-develop-solar-powered-uavs-127956&cp&cp

Rustom-H: Larger UAV with flight endurance of 24 hours.

Rustom-C: Armed version of the Rustom-H UAV.

Anonymous said...

Can across this thing on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutan_Long-EZ Its odd to see so much of similarity...... or is it a rip off?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully next time they will let the media know only when it actually hits the speed range and endurance for which its requirements have been set.

Webster said...

Nice Job...they should try to mature this product as soon as possible. Hope to see this bird soon with Indian army

AlokG said...

With a limited range of only 250KM, this can cot be used as a UCAV. The distance limit must have something to do with the range of remote/radio control. We need to have dedicated military satellites so that we can have a transponder that can be used specifically for this purpose. Otherwise all that HAL, ADA etc can produce is stuff that is limited in it's range. I wonder what the payload capacity of Rustom is going to be.

Mr. Ra said...

Congrats to them for the amount of success that they have already achieved.

Mohamed said...

@ Anon 8.11. Unlike a manned aircraft, the range of a UAV is not the max distance it can fly away from base aerodynamically. Its the max distance at which its electronics package is in range. I.e. Max distance at which it can be controlled.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous : 2:33 pm -

Its not exactly a rip off. Its based on the Rutan Long Ez. In the 1980's NAL made a higher composite version of the Long Ez (which is a small manned plane).

DRDO then converted this Long Ez to a UAV with full automated controls and automatic landing.

Anonymous said...

is it a rip off?

ofcourse it is!

DRDO id famous for its "innovative" solutions for Indian requirements.

Now some DRDO scientist will be declared "outstanding scientist" or "distinguished"

also these people are sre to have paid Mr Burt Rutan - being honorable they do things honorably

any ways hope the item atleast delivers the purpose it was touted for

Anonymous said...

drdo always makes scraps don't beleive in drdo

Anonymous said...

@343
its a rip off
automation you say???.any fresh hire @ our prestigious IT companies can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

china xeroxed whole SU-30 aircraft!!!it doesn't matter whether cat is black or white as long as it catches mice!!! don't unnecessarily comment on DRDO!!!!

Anonymous said...

All of those who are calling this a rip-off are basically Chutiyas(fools).

These people have no idea how USA ripped off whole German rocket science and named everything after their own scientists. DRDO is a COW when compared to thugs like USA and China.