Flight test of UAV Rustom-1 successful

Rustom-I, being developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab here, can fly uninterrupted for 14 hours and up to a ceiling of 8,000 metres, a DRDO release said.

The UAV has been developed by converting a manned aircraft into a UAV by removing pilot seat and making required electrical, mechanical and aerodynamic modifications, the release said.

The test flight was conducted at the airfield belonging to the Taneja Aerospace (TAAL) located near Hosur. Many improvements have been carried out since the last flight, in terms of piloting, landing and taxiing, the release claimed.

The flight was a precursor to one with payloads as required by the armed forces.

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