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India lost a national development Rustom-2 UAV during trials

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The Indian program to create a domestic strike drone may slow down indefinitely. According to Indian media reports, the Rustom-2 drone UAV crashed during testing.


India lost a national development Rustom-2 UAV during trials


Developed by ADE's Auronautical Development Establishment, a member of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India, the Rustom-2 drone crashed during a test flight in the Challacker test site. The fall of the UAV was able to photograph eyewitnesses. According to the military, this fall could lead to a halt in the program for creating UAVs and the Indian army will have to buy drones abroad.

As is known from open sources, work on the creation of a national reconnaissance drone, which also has strike functions, has been underway in India since 2009. The Ministry of Defense of India announced the first successful test of the UAV Rustom-2 at the end of February last year. Tests were conducted at the Karnataka state training ground (south-west of the country).

According to reports, Rustom-2 can be in the air for more than a day, its weight is about 1800 kg. Length - less than 10 meters, wingspan - 20,6 meters. It can operate at heights of up to 6700 meters. The maximum speed is 250-280 km / h.

Currently, the Indian Army is armed with about fifty Israeli-made UAVs Heron, as well as kamikaze drones Harop and Harpy. It was stated that they wanted to buy American RQ-4 Global Hawk, but they refused it after Iran shot down such a drone.

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  1. Nycomed
    Nycomed 21 September 2019 14: 45
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    Oh my God! Yes, every Hindu should stick his wings and "pushshay fly", who considered them there?
  2. knn54
    knn54 21 September 2019 15: 00
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    -It was stated that they wanted to buy the American RQ-4 Global Hawk, but it was REFUSED after Iran shot down such a drone.
    Is this the reason for the crash? "Is fecit cui prodest" ...
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 21 September 2019 15: 10
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      Everything is possible. SU from the forest with electronic warfare was covered from a hill, and from space, a laser was steganized. And one engine could refuse, it corked notably, but not surely, maybe one engine worked.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 21 September 2019 16: 20
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        Quote: Mavrikiy
        And one engine could refuse, it corked notably, but not surely, maybe one engine worked.

        One engine will not change the flight path in this way, Korea has something with a flap control system
      2. cormorant
        cormorant 21 September 2019 18: 53
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        As they say, confirmation of India's "superiority" in technology was not long in coming. They were going to complete the tests in 2017, but now 2020 is on the way and everything is falling for them ... As it turned out, in a country of hundreds of thousands of highly qualified programmers, they cannot create, in general, not the most innovative product.
  3. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 21 September 2019 15: 08
    +1
    Well, what were they counting on. winked

    Hindus need to dance for a long time in order to compose something of their own, and money will not help here.
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 21 September 2019 15: 26
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    In fact, to bring to mind and use your own is always cheaper and safer than buying someone else's because no one has canceled bookmarks and other "surprises".
    1. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer 21 September 2019 16: 22
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      And if, excuse me - the hands are not growing from the wrong place, then what about? For Russia, unlike other suppliers of military and military equipment, a setup has never been found.
  5. Vadim T.
    Vadim T. 21 September 2019 15: 28
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    This fact once again proves that for the Indians, something intelligible is obtained only in cooperation with someone. But no one is in a hurry to transmit the latest technologies to them, so they are floundering, heartfelt.)
  6. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 21 September 2019 16: 20
    +1
    The cameraman was dancing or watching an Indian movie?
  7. Fedor Sokolov
    Fedor Sokolov 21 September 2019 16: 38
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    Do not think of it as schadenfreude, but this is good, soon our Russian companies will finish the domestic reconnaissance-strike UAVs and we will have the opportunity to push them to the Indians.
    1. Rwmos
      Rwmos 21 September 2019 18: 33
      +1
      The ability to sell anything to the Indians is NOT connected with the real availability or even the ability to produce the goods being sold!
      Example: not so long ago, India and the United States managed to sign an agreement to build a US nuclear power plant in India, despite the fact that the United States is physically incapable of building! None of the units were built in 30 country with a bucket of years, and the only company, at least somehow connected with the construction of the nuclear power plant - the Japanese Westinghouse, at the time of signing the contract went bankrupt due to the inability to build any of the FIVE contracted nuclear power plants !!! But the Indians joyfully bought their ears from not just a dead, but already long buried donkey!
  8. awg75
    awg75 21 September 2019 17: 58
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    it's time to start dancing)))
  9. Vlad5307
    Vlad5307 21 September 2019 19: 32
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    Quote: RWMos
    The ability to sell anything to the Indians is NOT connected with the real availability or even the ability to produce the goods being sold!
    Example: not so long ago, India and the United States managed to sign an agreement to build a US nuclear power plant in India, despite the fact that the United States is physically incapable of building! None of the units were built in 30 country with a bucket of years, and the only company, at least somehow connected with the construction of the nuclear power plant - the Japanese Westinghouse, at the time of signing the contract went bankrupt due to the inability to build any of the FIVE contracted nuclear power plants !!! But the Indians joyfully bought their ears from not just a dead, but already long buried donkey!

    So they, in this case, are donkeys themselves! Well, or just someone got a kickback for this contract. bully