India's Rustom-1 Drone Makes 14th Flight

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DRDO Statement: The indigenously designed and developed RUSTOM-1 made its 14th successful flight this morning at Kolar flying at about 11,500 ft AGL and speed of above 140-km/h during 2 hrs 10 minutes of cruise. The highlights of the flight include: a) Use of lean mixture control system in the engine for flights at high altitudes, b) Take-off weight heaviest so far, c) Achieved max altitude of 3.5 kms, about 11500 ft and d) Extended range of about 50 kms tried out for the first time. The waypoint track was perfect and so were takeoff and landing. The Rustom-1 is built for a maximum altitude of 22,000 ft and endurance of 12-15 Hours with an operating range of 250 Kms when fully developed.

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