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DRDO Carries Successful Aeronautical Test Of Rustom 2 Drone

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| February 25 , 2018 , 17:17 IST

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday successfully carried out a flight test on its Rustom 2 at its Aeronautical Test Range at Chalakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.

Seven years after the first flight of Rustom-I, Rustom 2 or TAPAS-BH-201 - a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle was tested. The predecessor of the drone first took off on 16 November 2009 at the Taneja Aerospace Air Field near Hosur.

Rustom 2 has been developed by India on the lines of the American Predator drones. The combat aerial vehicle has the capability to fly for 24 hours at stretch and can conduct sustained surveillance and can carry weapons along with surveillance equipment.

The successful test holds great significance for the Indian government as this is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine while all the parameters were noted normal.

Secretary Deptt of Defence (R&D) and Chairman DRDO S. Christopher, Director General of Aeronautical System CP Ramanarayanan, DG Electronics and Communication Systems J Manjula along with senior scientists witnessed the flight and congratulated Rustom team.