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AF stands for air frame. Rustom-II, when inducted into the armed forces, will undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The behaviour of the UAV is being claimed to have been on the expected lines and as per the design parameters. A scientist who is part of this project told Onmanorama that the Rustom-II team got a pep-talk from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh two days after the crash, during his visit to Bengaluru.

Our team was called to meet him and he wanted us to resume the flight immediately," says a scientist. The project team rose to the occasion and commenced the flying," says the scientist. Among the new features embedded into the system are: a solid state relay-based low weight power distribution unit; an indigenous inertial navigation system INS developed by RCI, Hyderabad; Lithium ion batteries and satellite communication SATCOM link.

Till date, it has completed 77 development flights, including seven, post its crash. A total of 15 platforms are being planned during the development phase, out of which last five will be the production versions.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will manufacture the last five variants and the scientists are working on to optimizing the design from AF-8 to AF The state-of-the-art ground control station GCS and image exploitation system have added more teeth to the mission. Backed by a young team with an average age of 35 years, Rustom-II core project team consists of 30 scientists and engineers.

Things have changed a lot compared to past," he claims. The writer is an independent aerospace and defence journalist, who blogs at Tarmak and tweets writetake. Home News Nation. Mail This Article. For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by comma Recipient Mail address is Required.

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DRDO unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-2 crashes in Karnataka

Sources said that the vehicle went out of control before falling in an areca grove around 7. The UAV crash-landed in fields about 40 kilometres away from the DRDO outdoor aeronautical testing range, the largest testing range in the country. Soon after take-off, the UAV developed a technical snag that resulted in the crash, said sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation facility. After the vehicle crashed, curious locals rushed to the spot. They expected people inside the UAV, but were relieved when they realised there was no one. The damaged drone was then shifted to the testing facility. Rustom-II is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence system and situational awareness payload, officials had revealed in


DRDO’s ‘Rustom-2’ drone crashes in farm in Karnataka’s Chitradurga

The new platform being read for its first flight AF-6A will be the seventh from the Rustom-2 flight line. Air force stands for a frame. It has now been confirmed that the accident was caused by a transient and simultaneous link loss to the UAV. The platform was also confronted with a rough patch of turbulence beyond the capacity of the control law. The behavior of UAVs is claimed to be according to the expected lines and design parameters. A laboratory of Rustam-2 UAV.


The new Rustom-II UAV is loaded with new features ready for the First Flight

The UAV will have structural changes and a new engine. DRDO will follow a practice of concurrent engineering where initial design efforts also take into consideration production issues, with the production agency participating in the development of the system right from the design stage. The agency will also follow up issues related to infrastructure and expertise for the product and its support, thereby overcoming time delays in crucial projects. Rustom-1 which bears an uncanny resemblance to Rutan Long-EZ designed by Burt Rutan citation needed has a wingspan of 7. The range of advanced technologies and systems include the following: [9].


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

No injuries have been reported in the crash. The unmanned aerial vehicle UAV crashed at an agricultural field in Jodichikkenahalli. The aircraft crashed at 6 am in the morning. Test trials were being conducted and it failed and fell in the open field. People were curious as to what it was and they gathered.

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