Posted by- Neelam Mathews
May 8, 2012
Indigenous RUSTOM-1 made its 14th successful flight this morning at Kolar achieving about 11,500 ft AGL (above ground level) and speed of above 140 Kmph during 2 hrs 10 minutes of its cruise, says the MoD. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab at Bangalore, made its maiden flight in Nov 2009. PS Krishnan, Director ADE said the flight was successful. All the parameters were achieved by the UAV which weighs around 690 Kg.
The highlights of the flight says MoD are:
Use of lean mixture control system in the engine for flights at high altitudes.
Takeoff weight being heaviest so far.
Achieved max altitude of 3.5 kms, about 11500 ft.
Extended range of about 50 km tried out for the first time. The waypoint track was perfect and so were takeoff and landing etc.,
This UAV has the potential military missions like Reconnaissance and Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Target Designation, Communications Relay, Battle Damage Assessment and Signal Intelligence. It can attain a maximum altitude of 22,000 ft and endurance of 12-15 Hours with an operating range of 250 Km when fully developed.