Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Nov 11, 2011
India’s indigenously designed unmanned aerial vehicle RUSTOM-1 weighing 661Kg, made its fifth flight on Nov 11 morning flying at an altitude of 2300 ft AGL (above ground level) and at a speed 100 Knots during 25 minute of cruise near Hosur, says DRDO.
The medium altitude long endurance UAV is developed by DRDO with Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) Bangalore as the nodal laboratory. It made its maiden flight last year.
PS Krishnan, Director, ADE said the flight was successful as all the modifications worked well including testing of the modified lift off scheme, modified altitude and speed hold logics.
The Indian Army has shown interest in this program. Rustom can attain a maximum speed of 150 Knots, 22,000 ft of altitude and endurance of 12-15 hours with an operating range of 250 km when fully developed.