Aero India: the DRDO displayed the Rustom-1 MALE UAV

2011-03-11

 Aero India: the DRDO displayed the Rustom-1 MALE UAV

The technology demonstrator is based on an American Rutan Long-EZ airframe, and is powered by a 160hp Lycoming O-320 engine. The Rustom-1 prototype first took to the air at Hosur Airfield on 16 October 2010 during a 12 minute flight.

By the end of February, a 30-minute flight with a mock payload is planned for the first time. ADE is using the Rustom-1 as a stepping stone to the creation of the much more sophisticated Rustom-H.

‘The experience gained through developing Rustom-1 will help generate a genuine dedicated MALE platform that will be flying in less than two years,' an ADE spokesman said.

The Rustom-H will be significantly larger, carry a much bigger payload (75kg), and have a greater endurance (15 hours) and higher service ceiling (25,000 feet) than the Nishant. It is destined for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, target acquisition/designation, signals intelligence, battle damage assessment, and communications relay.

The team of approximately 30 technicians began working on the Rustom project four years ago in response to a Ministry of Defence requirement for a wheeled MALE UAV able to carry multiple payloads.


Region:  Asia-Pacific
Contry:  India


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