Tarmak007 -- A bold blog on Indian defence: Rustom Maiden flight successful at TAAL airstrip in Hosur; DRDO says all parameters met during 30-minute flight

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rustom Maiden flight successful at TAAL airstrip in Hosur; DRDO says all parameters met during 30-minute flight

Today, 11 months after a failed attempt (pic 1), DRDO says the Rustom-1 had its successful maiden flight (pic 2) at TAAL private airstrip at Hosur on October 16, 2010. The 21-second flight last year (November 15, 2009) had to be aborted. Here's a gist of Saturday's developments, which has been described as a 'dream flight.'
Duration: 30 minutes.
Parameters: Autonomous Taxi, take-off and landing. All flight parameters met. 
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Road Ahead: Rustom-H MALE UAV, UCAC
Flown by (Ground control): Col Thappa
DRDO Team at Hosur: Around 60.
The biggies at the event: Dr Prahlada (DRDO CCR&D (Aero & SI), Elangovan (CCR&D), Project Director G. Sreenivasa Murthy, Programme Director G. Natarajan, ADE Director PSK
 Project partners: ADE (Unmmaned missions); DEAL Dehradun (Datalink systems & RF communication to A/c; Zephyr (Pvt firm for airframe).
Project cost: Rs 1,000 crore-plus
History: Rustom is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV derived fro NAL's Light Canard Research Aircraft (LCRA).
(Detailed story in AW on Monday.)
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