Rustom-2 UAV successfully test-flown

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Rustom-2, DRDO

Mains level: Make in India in defense sector


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Test flight of UAV Rustom 2

  1. India’s under-development Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Rustom-2 was successfully test-flown by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  2. This was the first flight in user configuration with a higher power engine
  3. The flight was conducted at the DRDO’s Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga in Karnataka

About Rustom 2

  1. Rustom-2 belongs to a family of UAVs under development, besides Rustom-1 and Rustom-H
  2. It is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance drone (MALE)
  3. It can fly up to an altitude of 22,000 feet and has an endurance of over 20 hours
  4. It is capable of carrying payloads for electronic and signal intelligence missions

Other drones also being developed

  1. The DRDO is also developing other drones in different categories
  2. Currently, the three services employ hundreds of Israeli drones
Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
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