India’s Rustom II UAS Set For Winter Flight Debut
Found this video on a Defexpo 2014 CD that I’d missed in the clutter, showing the Rustom II MALE UAS during low speed taxi trials and engine trials at Kolar, near Bangalore sometime in the September-December 2013 timeframe. (Of course, DRDO goes back to its cringe-worthy PR roots to overlay this video with an elevator version of the Bee Gees’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love’.) The Rustom-II was to make its debut flight in February this year, but my sources now tell me a winter flight is more likely. Honeywell is on the programme to help refine the aerodynamics as well as advise the ADE on flight testing. Also, a hunt is still on to give the Rustom-II new diesel engines.