New Delhi: In a big boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India plan, the home based Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today conducted first successful test of its unmanned combat aerial vehicle drone named ‘Rustom 2’, from about few hundred kilometers from Bengaluru.
This unmanned ‘Rustom-2’ drone is India’s long endurance Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) which is developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) today completed its first flight near Challakere, about 200km from Bengaluru.
‘Rustom 2’, on Tuesday morning completed its first ever test fight which is the medium altitude, long staying power male category of vehicles.
According to a source from ADE said that the drone in its first flight met all the expectations.
Earlier, The ‘Rustom 2’ was first scheduled to take flight in 2013, but it got delayed by three years, and so, Indian armed forces were trying to meet the demand for these combat drones from countries like Israel.
Rustom-2 is based on the Rustom-H model and scientists compare it to predator drones (drones which track people).
Developers claim that the aircraft is unlike any other UAC in the ranks of Indian forces. It has a wingspan of 20m and an endurance of 24-30 hours, as opposed to Rustom-I which has an endurance of 12 hours and Rustom-H having an endurance of 24 hours.