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Rustom-2 UAV takes to the skies

Rustom-2 UAV takes to the skies


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out a test-flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-2 on 25th february 2018


  • This is the first flight in user configuration with a higher power engine. 
  • The flight was conducted at its Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga of Karnataka.

About Rustom-2:

  • Rustom-2 belongs to a family of UAVs under development, besides Rustom-1 and Rustom-H.
  • It is a medium-altitude long-endurance drone (MALE) and will fill a critical capability gap in the inventory of the armed forces.
  • It can fly up to an altitude of 22,000 feet and has an endurance of over 20 hours.
  • It is capable of carrying payloads for electronic and signal intelligence missions.
  • Currently, the three services employ hundreds of Israeli drones and have projected a requirement of hundreds of more UAVs, including armed variants, in the near future. The DRDO is also developing other drones in different categories.

Do you know about about DRDO?

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Republic of India, charged with the military's research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.
  • It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation.
  • It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of DefenceGovernment of India.
  • , DRDO is India's largest and most diverse research organisation.
  • The organisation includes around 5,000 scientists belonging to the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS) and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting person