The development phase will always be slow because tenders are given at component level to vendors, each sub component procurement cycle can take anywhere between 3-6 months for completion.They should speed up the development process, We can't delay it further. Makes us force to go for foreign stuff.
Anantha Krishnan made a mistake.
India is also planning to induct Rustom-1 in place of Heron TP.They should speed up the development process, We can't delay it further. Makes us force to go for foreign stuff.
According to DRDO newsletter, it is 3 ton landing gear:
Then we are f*****d. By the time we have anything resembling a pre production model it will be totally outdated.My observation is that they are usually serial with gaps in between.
This particular tender was for 10 prototypes more than 6 months back, if I remember correctly.
India will not use UCAV on its own population. Otherwise, you would be seeing usage of ATGM, tanks etc which do not happen. Even Rustom-2 is mostly a UAV with UCAV part being rarely used. It just can carry 4 missiles for contingency.But that's not a UCAV I guess. In regions like Kashmir what is required for CT op is a UCAV
bit more bad news, this is my post from 2015. it took the procurement and assembly process about 2.5 years, assuming this is the same landing gear in discussion.Then we are f*****d. By the time we have anything resembling a pre production model it will be totally outdated.
Looks like CVRDE is developing landing gear for Rustom-2. One of the tender says they are developing landing gear for 2 ton UAV. i am assuming it is Rustom 2 and not AURA.
No it's not the same landing gear. The initial attempt was to develop a landing gear for a 2 tonne UAV. But then it became clear that the heavier (more powerful) engines and the extra fuel (for the required endurance & the extra weight) will take the all-up weight to 3 tonnes Rustom/Tapas was officially classified as a 3 tonne UAV; and CVRDE started designing a 3 tonne landing gear.bit more bad news, this is my post from 2015. it took the procurement and assembly process about 2.5 years, assuming this is the same landing gear in discussion.
I've never heard of this "Def_PRO_Chennai" twitter handle. "writetake" (Anantha Krishnan) is definitely more reliable (even though I feel he might have made an error).@Enquirer
it was indeed 2 ton not 3 ton.
Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi has designed & developed the indigenous Landing Gear for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Rustom II of 2.0 tonne class for the first time in the country.
@ezsasaI've never heard of this "Def_PRO_Chennai" twitter handle. "writetake" (Anantha Krishnan) is definitely more reliable (even though I feel he might have made an error).
I could be wrong, if CVRDE has initially only come up with 2 tonne retractable-landing-gear as a precusor to the final 3 tonne RLG.
If the tweets are accurate then there's not much to rejoice as 2 tonne RLG is not the final product!
Here's a pamphlet on Rustom-II landing gear. It appears that the RLG is designed to take the shock of 2.4 tonnes. Which probably might mean that Rustom (post sortie) with much of the fuel burnt up (before landing) could weigh as much as 2.4 tonnes. Rustom-II's MTOW would still be 3 tonnes.
It's the norm in aircraft design that the landing gear is always designed for a weight less than the MTOW, with the expectation that much of the fuel would be spent up before landing - it's the reason why aircraft always dump fuel if they need to return to airport within a short time after takeoff.