India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully completed the test flight of its Rustom 2 drone at the Aeronautical Test Range.
Rustom 2 is part of the Rustom line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that includes Rustom-I, Rustom-H and Rustom-C.
Specifications of Rustom 2 Drone:
To be used by all three services of Indian armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Purpose: Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.
Flight: MALE (Medium altitude long-endurance). It can fly at 22,000 ft for a flight time of 20 hrs.
Engine: It has two 3-blade NPO Saturn engines.
Speed: 280 km/h
Payload: carry a variety of payloads like Medium Range Electro Optic (MREO), Long Range Electro Optic (LREO), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and Situational Awareness Payloads (SAP) that help in performing missions even during the night.
Sensors: MREO and LREO sensors are placed inside a modular payload under the nose for capturing imagery and video.