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Rustom-2 drone to be delivered to armed forces by 2020: DRDO chief


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From UPSC perspectives, the following things are important

Prelims Level: Particulars of the Rustom-II

Mains Level: It can be seen as an ‘Make in India’ example in the Defence Sector.


Delivery of the Rustom-II

  1. Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will be delivered to the armed forces by 2020
  2. It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Development of the UAV

  1. Rustom II has completed one test at Chitradurga recently
  2. At present, the basic UAV system is being perfected
  3. Attempts are also being made to increase the altitude
  4. By the end of this year, DRDO will be ready with the bird, after which the focus will be on the machine systems on it

Particulars of the UAV

  1. The drone is being developed for use by all three services of the Indian Armed Forces, primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations
  2. The medium-altitude prototype can fly at over 22,000 feet and is a long-endurance UAV that has an 20 hours approximate flight time


Rustom-2 project

  1. Rustom 2 or TAPAS-BH-201 is a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), designed to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance roles for the Indian Armed Forces
  2. It is capable of carrying different combination of payloads including synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness systems
  3. The UAV has an endurance of 24 hours and is similar to the American predator series of drones
  4. DRDO carried out a successful test flight of Rustom 2 on 25 February 2018, at the Aeronautical Test Range(ATR) located in Chalakere, Chitradurga district. This was the first flight of the UAV in user configuration with higher power engine

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