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  1. 1

    Shreyan

    I have seen it over the skies of Electronic city in the month of either April or May flying low very low..and again in September.Managed to take a snap back then.

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  2. 2

    iguru

    wow the pictures are very clear…goo snap an a good flight test too…

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    How can 12 hour endurance with 150 knots give a operational range of 250 kms only ??

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    does it carry bombs similar to reaper or predator

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  5. 5

    Anonymous

    Are they ever going to acknowledge Burt Rutan's design? It is always flogged as indigenous.

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    Another non-functional and stupid design.

    All ADAs' and HALs' leaders and design engineers should be fired.

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  7. 7

    Nagaraj

    WOW ! Great news. All the best to DRDO and Rustom project and wishing early induction.
    Expecting more details on the project.

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  8. 8

    Anonymous

    how many more years of testing rustom -h for another 4 years and rustom ucav for another 4 years may be nal it means we dont get a decent ucav until nend of this decade

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  9. 9

    NJS

    @ Anon 9.28

    There will be three variants of the Rustom UAV

    Rustom-1: tactical UAV with endurance of 12 hours

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-plans-to-develop-solar-powered-uavs-127956&cp&cp

    Rustom-H: Larger UAV with flight endurance of 24 hours.

    Rustom-C: Armed version of the Rustom-H UAV.

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  10. 10

    Anonymous

    Can across this thing on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutan_Long-EZ Its odd to see so much of similarity…… or is it a rip off?

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    Anonymous

    Hopefully next time they will let the media know only when it actually hits the speed range and endurance for which its requirements have been set.

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  12. 12

    Webster

    Nice Job…they should try to mature this product as soon as possible. Hope to see this bird soon with Indian army

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  13. 13

    AlokG

    With a limited range of only 250KM, this can cot be used as a UCAV. The distance limit must have something to do with the range of remote/radio control. We need to have dedicated military satellites so that we can have a transponder that can be used specifically for this purpose. Otherwise all that HAL, ADA etc can produce is stuff that is limited in it's range. I wonder what the payload capacity of Rustom is going to be.

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  14. 14

    Mr. Ra

    Congrats to them for the amount of success that they have already achieved.

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  15. 15

    Mohamed

    @ Anon 8.11. Unlike a manned aircraft, the range of a UAV is not the max distance it can fly away from base aerodynamically. Its the max distance at which its electronics package is in range. I.e. Max distance at which it can be controlled.

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    Anonymous

    @Anonymous : 2:33 pm –

    Its not exactly a rip off. Its based on the Rutan Long Ez. In the 1980's NAL made a higher composite version of the Long Ez (which is a small manned plane).

    DRDO then converted this Long Ez to a UAV with full automated controls and automatic landing.

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  17. 17

    Anonymous

    is it a rip off?

    ofcourse it is!

    DRDO id famous for its "innovative" solutions for Indian requirements.

    Now some DRDO scientist will be declared "outstanding scientist" or "distinguished"

    also these people are sre to have paid Mr Burt Rutan – being honorable they do things honorably

    any ways hope the item atleast delivers the purpose it was touted for

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  18. 18

    Anonymous

    drdo always makes scraps don't beleive in drdo

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  19. 19

    Anonymous

    @343
    its a rip off
    automation you say???.any fresh hire @ our prestigious IT companies can do it!!!

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  20. 20

    Anonymous

    china xeroxed whole SU-30 aircraft!!!it doesn't matter whether cat is black or white as long as it catches mice!!! don't unnecessarily comment on DRDO!!!!

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  21. 21

    Anonymous

    All of those who are calling this a rip-off are basically Chutiyas(fools).

    These people have no idea how USA ripped off whole German rocket science and named everything after their own scientists. DRDO is a COW when compared to thugs like USA and China.

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