The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out a test-flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-2.
- This flight assumes significance because of the fact that 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.
- 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.