In a big boost to the development of the long-range unmanned aerial vehicle, the Defense Research and Development Organization carried out a successful test flight of indigenous Rustom-2 UAV.
The test of the Rustom 2 drone was conducted at Chalakere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district. Rustom-2 belongs to the medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) class.
“DRDO successfully flew its Rustom 2 today at its Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) at Chalakere at Chitradurga. This flight assumes significance due to the fact that this is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine,” according to a DRDO statement.
The Rustom has been developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), of DRDO and the drone is capable of carrying out missions like intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles with an endurance of 24 hours. It can also carry different types of payloads like Medium RaElectro-Optic, Long Range Electro-Optic, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Electronic Intelligence, Communication Intelligence and Situational Awareness Payloads (SAP) to perform missions during day and night.