Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lockheed-sponsored Indian Arush UAV Steps Up


This is the Arush X1 a prototype surveillance UAV being developed by the Delhi Tech University with funding and engineering support from Lockheed-Martin. Being developed under the Next Generation Urban Unmanned Air System Development Project, the UAV is aimed at persistent surveillance over an urban setting. Designed and built to meet design specifications that were put down by Lockheed's engineers in 2009, the Arush X1 has been test-flown eight times so far (first in Dec 2011), and the team is understood to be attempting a capability expansion on the system.

"Work on the project formally began in January 2010 and the first prototype flew in December 2011, making it among the fastest design-to-fly projects in aircraft developmental history, especially in India by students," says Gaurav Gupta, team leader on the project.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are advantages of giving defence work to private firms. We should give defence contracts to L&T, tata and other indian companies and make them work with universities like in U.S. we can raise education standard of our universities too

VJ said...

This is really a remarkable work!

Well done guys.

Anonymous said...

Bravo. Work hard and deliver.

Anonymous said...

since it is funded and provided Engineering support by LM , does inidan govt will have access to it ?

Manoj Mungasavalli said...

Wow..great team work. Congrats!!

Students inspiring DRDO!!
Well India's UAV is atleast 15 years behind when it comes to Stealth, RADAR and Endurance.

DRDO should either involve the PVT companies or colaborate with foreign companies and also involve universities similar to US model.

Anonymous said...

university students have overtaken nal and nal will keep work rustom-1

Anonymous said...

Arush X1 when fully developed
and all systems integrated,
will out-perform pakistan's
jasoos-2 UAV.

Gautam said...

The usual govt bootlickers from Bharat Rakshak will immediately spew abuse on this effort with 'How dare the private baniyas dream of competing with almightly DRDO/HAL babus? The babus are the gods of the sky themselves! Rustom will have the power of nuclear weapons and fly at the speed of light! This private baniya toy is nothing in comparison! Om Sri Babu! This team should immediately stop their blasphemy and apply for becoming peons, sweepers and bootblacks at DRDO premises just like us!

God, I hope this gets purchased and inducted by some foreign military so that it shames our worthless Commie Defence Minster AK Antony into scrapping the PSU monopoly daydream of Rustom and finally giving the Indian private sector the chance they deserve.

Jayant Malani said...

I am extremely delighted and thankful for all these exciting responses. Yes it is funded by Lockheed Martin but its rights are shared by Delhi Technological University (UAS-DTU) and Lockheed Martin both but it can only be used in benefit of India only. Its our dream if this could be inducted in Indian defense services and could serve for India and we need help in this procedure

Jayant Malani said...

Extremely delighted and thankful for such exciting responses. Yes the roject is funded by Lockheed Martin but its rights are hold with both Delhi Technological University and Lockheed Martin and would only be used for benefit for India. Its our dream if this could be indicted in Indian Defense Services and could serve for the country.