Watch: India conducts successful test flight of Rustom 2 drone

WION
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 25, 2018, 12:15 PM(IST)

Rustom 2 can not only fly missions in manual mode but can also fly on autonomous modes. Photograph:( Twitter )

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday conducted a successful test flight of the Rustom 2 drone at the aeronautical test range at Chalakere in Chitradurga in the South Indian state of Karnataka.

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This flight is being viewed as significant given the fact that this was the first flight undertaken with a higher power engine. The DRDO said that all parameters during the flight were normal.

Rustom 2 is part of the Rustom line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that includes Rustom-I, Rustom-H and Rustom-C.

Rustom 2 can not only fly missions in manual mode but can also fly in autonomous modes.

Its onboard way-point navigation system allows the drone to conduct missions autonomously.

This drone has been developed for the Indian armed forces essentially for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

This medium-altitude prototype can fly at over 22,000 feet at speeds of 280 kilometers per hour and carry a variety of payloads to support missions even during the night. Rustom 2 has an approximate flight time of 20 hours.

Modelled on the Rustom-H, Rustom 2 is propelled by two 3-bladed NPO Saturn engines. It stands 2.4 metres tall with a wingspan of 20.6 metres and a length of 9.5 metres.

 

 

 

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