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DRDO's combat drone Rustom-2 flies for the first time

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by flanker143, Nov 16, 2016.

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  1. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    After a considerable delay, Rustom-2, India's long endurance Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) finally completed its first flight early on Tuesday in Challakere, about 200km from Bengaluru.


    The UCAV, which is in the medium-altitude, long endurance (MALE) category of vehicles, sources in the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which developed the vehicle, said "met all the expectations" during the first flight.

    First scheduled in late 2013, the three-year delay of the first flight had only added to the timeline, which is punctuated by other delays during development- even as the Indian armed forces are increasingly looking outside the country for combat drones with deals already struck with Israeli firms.

    Rustom-2, the developers, however, claim will be an aircraft unlike any other UAV in the ranks of our forces. It has a wingspan of more than 20m and an endurance of 24-30 hours.


    Equipped with contemporary technology, it will need a runway to takeoff and land unlike traditional UAVs, which makes it more trustworthy. Compared to Rustom-I, the advanced version will have enhanced aerodynamic configuration, digital flight control and navigation system.

    "Besides, it will also have automatic takeoff and landing capabilities, this version of Rustom is comparable to some of the best in the world," sources in ADE said.


    While the ADE hopes to bag orders from all the three wings of the armed forces— army, navy and the air force— its ability to stick to deadlines and also give a good quality platform will be key. The Indian army, which had inducted DRDO's earlier UAV Nishanth, had to face several crashes and is contemplating junking it with no fresh induction planned.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...s-for-the-first-time/articleshow/55450539.cms
     
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    Way to Go!!:cheers::tup::tup:
     
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    I wish they had pusher props, looks so cool.
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    lol forget pusher props i would be glad if they come up with a better nacelle design in the production version !!
     
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    True,this design is quite inefficient
     
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    Like this ... :)

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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    So little discussion on something so important to us..:cray::cray:
    Everyone seems to have given up...
     
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    Tejasmk3 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Video of take off:
     
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    A noobie question. How different is Rustom from Burraq? Is it indigenous or we have Israeli R&D team collaborating with us?
     
  11. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    if i am not wrong the prototype is flying with the rotax petrol engines. the production variant will fly with austro ae 300 diesel engines which are not only more powerful but also more efficient.

    lol we Indians really love diesel engines, i am just happy they didn't put Fiat's 1.3 ddis aka national engine of India in it !!
     
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    Burraq is chinese CH-3 which is similar to indian Rustom-1.
    Rustom-2 is fully indian.
     
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    BlackOpsIndia Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Another video, I guess this is same as the AIR one:

     
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    DRDO Conducts Successful Maiden Flight of Rustom-II UAV
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    Rustom UAV developed by DRDO during test flight . Photo courtesy: DRDO
    The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully carried out the maiden flight of RUSTOM – II, a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) UAV.

    The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bengaluru which is a newly developed flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft.


    The flight accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing.

    The MALE UAV has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the Bangalore-based premier lab of DRDO with HAL-BEL as the production partners. The UAV weighing two tonnes was put into air by a dedicated team of young scientists of DRDO. It was piloted (external and internal) by the pilots from the Armed Forces.

    It is also the first R&D prototype UAV which has undergone certification and qualification for the first flight from the Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA).

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    This multi-mission UAV is being developed to carry out the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the three armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours.

    It is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like Medium Range Electro Optic (MREO), Long Range Electro Optic (LREO), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and Situational Awareness Payloads (SAP) to perform missions during day and night.

    It is noteworthy that many critical systems such as airframe, landing gear, flight control and avionics sub-systems have been developed in India with the collaboration of private industries. Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL) of DRDO have developed the data link for the UAV. Rustom-2 will undergo further trials for validating the design parameters, before going for User Validation Trials.
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    They have not mentioned the 'c' part of ucav.
    Anything to worry about?
     

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