According to a report from the “Defense World” website of October 10, the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully tested the Indian-made Rustom-2 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that day. It had crashed during the previous test flight.
Rustom-2 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft developed by India
According to reports, in this flight test, the Rustom-2 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft flew for 8 hours at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4876.8 meters). The prototype is expected to fly at an altitude of 26,000 feet (about 7924.8 meters) by the end of 2020. The goal is 18 hours of continuous flight.
A senior Indian official said: “The Rustom-2 drone has been tested for 8 hours at the Challakere Aeronautical Testing Ground. There was fuel remaining for another hour’s flight, but it reached the upper limit of the test flight.”
The report mentioned that in September 2019, the Rustom-2 drone crashed during testing. At that time, DRDO said in a statement: “The new drone developed by DRDO crashed near Chitradurga, and relevant data is being analyzed.”
It is reported that the Rustom-2 UAV is a model of the Rustom series UAV made in India. The UAV completed its first high-power engine flight test in February 2018. The aircraft can carry 350 kg payload, is equipped with synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence system and situational awareness system, has a 24-hour endurance, and is positioned, functionally, to be similar to that of the US “Predator” series of UAVs.