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11 Comments on "India’s Rustom-2 MALE UAS Takes Final Shape, 1st Flight Soon"

Amit Vora
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2 years 10 months ago
With the almost square turbines, it is not very aerodynamic. Would it not make sense to go for miniaturization at this stage of the game? All major powers are going for aerodynamic and small UAVs. Kickstarter even has tons of people showing quadrocopters, who are silent and can rise upto 1000 meters high, with capability to talk to other quadrocopters in the area, you can certainly cover a large environment. The miniaturization of cameras have already happened. Heck, you can get 41MPs on a cell phone now, so, I wonder why isn't DRDO going for a small, more aerodynamic vessel?… Read more »
Anonymous
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2 years 10 months ago

Hi Shiv, great pics! and a cool bird!
Dont they have plans to mount Helina on this thing?
Also, May I suggest using a reference object (like a person) in the pics to get a sense of scale?

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2 years 10 months ago

DRDO should be proud. At the time of it's first flight it would be the highest RCS UAV in the world. OF course, operational input is irrelevant, and even suggesting it should be the driver for development leaves me open to charges of being unpatriotic. 🙂

Akash
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Akash
2 years 10 months ago
ANON@10:59 PM, if you think that any conventional UAV can survive in contested airspace without air dominance and that any UAS of similar size today has an operationally relevant reduced RCS, then clearly you come in from a different planet. Patriotism is not the issue, your lack of awareness is. The Rustom is firmly on the lines of the IAI Heron – go look up the RCS of that monster. Or that of the Eitan, or for that matter any propeller powered conventional UAV. The operational requirement from the IAF/IA is for a long range, sensor packed conventional platform able… Read more »
Anonymous
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2 years 10 months ago

Just by looking at it we can deduce that lot of Israeli expertise has gone into developing Rustom II. But still kudos to DRDO for building such a graceful bird.

Hemanta Bhuyan
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2 years 9 months ago

Will it b capable to fire hellfire like missiles.

Hemanta Bhuyan
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2 years 9 months ago

Will it b capable to fire hellfire like missiles.

Gessler
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2 years 9 months ago
@Amit Vora The rotating turboprop is right behind the engine cowlings, there won't be much drag created at this point. DRDO has already made quadcopter UAVs like the NETRA, Google it. It had served quite commendably during the Uttarakhand floods, flying 50 sorties & finding locations of ~200 stranded people. The Rustom-II is designed to fly at an altitude of 35,000 ft (over 10,000 meters) with an endurance of 32 hours or so. That calls for a big bird. Also, this UAV is expected to carry quite a payload – which includes Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), electro-optical surveillance equipment, Infra-Red… Read more »
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2 years 5 months ago

Let the big bird Rustom-II fly, then they will think about miniaturization and other sophistication. Indian scientists will learn a great deal after the first test flight data comes in. Take your time, but let the first flight be a successful one.

ranjan thakur
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2 years 4 months ago

abe drdo kab tak bache ki jann lega kab uav ka first flight karega

Anonymous
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1 year 5 months ago

If Rustom himself was alive today this project would not have taken so long to complete.Everything must be done, and nothing left to chance, to make the first flight successful.

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