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

ADE is in process of fabricating more Rustam-1 SR ( Short range)-UAVs now called Archer that is being cleared to conduct developmental trials later user trials after getting Army onboard the program. ADE Director Dr. S Venugopal had said that Archer is of the same class as the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Armed drone.

Venugopal also had confirmed that the advantage of Archer and Rustam-2 is that both use the same avionics and systems including LRUs and Ground stations that can operate both UAVs with a switch of software that will reduce maintenance and logistics issues for the squadron that will be operating both classes of drones from its base.

ADE has started fabrication and had begun ordering more Ground Control Stations as Rustam-2 program is nearing completion and it is expected that it will enter Limited Scale Production soon. ADE is also in charge now the development of the High-altitude long-endurance (HALE) class UAV for which it has started fabrication of the prototype.

Rustom-1 which was an unarmed predecessor of the Archer SR-UAV was not cleared by the Indian Army due to technical shortfalls and was then offered to CRPF where while carrying out trials it had crashed into a boundary wall. ADE says that most of the technologies have now matured thanks to the Rustam-2 program and many of the technologies have already been validated on the Archer SR-UAV in internal trials.

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