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What are you talking about?

·        India’s home made drone, which was developed on the lines of predator drones of the United States, Rustom – 2 was successfully tested on 25th February, 2018
·        Rustom – 2 is a medium altitude, long endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
·        The test was conducted at the Aeronautical Test Range at Chalakere in Chitradurga district

Who designed it?

·        Rustom – 2 is designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the DRDO.
·        Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd are its production partners

What are the purpose and objective behind making this?

·        Modern warfare is heavily dependent on drones and India deployed its imported drones effectively during the surgical strikes it carried across the Line of Control in Pakistan in September, 2016
·        Rustom-2 has the capability to replace the precision drones imported from the United States of America and Israel
·        The objective of the Rustom – 2 is to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours

What can it do?

·        It is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness payload
·        It can carry up to a payload of 350Kgs

Why has this UAV making rounds in the NEWS?

·        Due to the fact that this is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine

Tit – Bits:

• The UAV is named after Professor Rustom Damania, under whose leadership National Aerospace Laboratories’ Light Canard Research Aircraft (LCRA) was developed, which later became the base for RUSTOM.
• The INR 1,500-crore UAV project was initiated considering requirement of the Army, Navy and the Air Force
• RUSTOM will replace/supplement the Heron UAVs in service with the Indian armed forces
• RUSTOM was developed in three variants – RUSTOM – 1, RUSTOM – H, and RUSTOM – 2
• RUSTOM – 2 was developed on the base of RUSTOM – H, the latter being a larger UAV and the former an unmanned combat air vehicle, both having endurance of 24 hours
• RUSTOM – 1 was a tactical UAV with endurance of 12 hours
• RUSTOM – 1 was first tested the Taneja Aerospace Air Field near Hosur on 16 November 2006 (result: the prototype crashed to the ground)