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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) operated Rustom 1, a medium-altitude and long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was carrying out demonstration trials for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at the base station in Jagdalpur, that is located 15km away from Naxal infested Bastar region while coming in for a landing yesterday crashed into outer perimeter wall.

The strategic technical command center of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), has been shifted to the Naxal hotbed of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, to provide security forces enhanced aerial surveillance to conduct anti-Maoist operations, Due to which CRPF has been at the lookout for inducting some UAVs in support of its operations.

According to informed sources close to idrw.org, Rustom-1 was taken to Jagdalpur two weeks back and was used in the Bastar region to track movements of Naxals in the area and was operated by ADE Crew. Human Error by the Remote Pilot seems to be the reason behind the crash but ADE previously had claimed that Rustom-1 had demonstrated Auto-take off and Auto-landing capabilities, but it is not if the clear ill-fated Rustom-1 was equipped with Autonomous take-off and landing features or it crashes by malfunction.

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