India’s Rustom-II combat-capable drone successfully completes maiden test flight

It has an endurance of 24 hours and can conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the country's armed forces.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 16, 2016 7:22 pm
Rustom drone, Rustom 2, India Rustom drone, India UAV, Indian UAV Representational photo: The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range(ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bangalore, which is a newly developed flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft. (AP File Photo)

Rustom-II, India’s indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone, on Wednesday successfully completed its maiden-flight, giving a boost to India’s development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The DRDO successfully carried out the maiden-flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM–II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. It has an endurance of 24 hours and can conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the country’s armed forces. The UAV can also be used as an unmanned armed combat vehicle on the lines of the US’s Predator drone. The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range(ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bangalore, which is a newly developed flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft.

The flight accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing among others, a statement by the Defence Ministry said. TAPAS 201 has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the Bangalore-based lab of DRDO with HAL-BEL as the production partners.

The UAV weighing two tonnes was put into air by a dedicated team of young scientists of DRDO. It was piloted
(external and internal) by the pilots from the armed forces. It is also the first R&D prototype UAV which has
undergone certification and qualification for the first flight from the Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA).

TAPAS 201, a multi-mission UAV is being developed to carry out Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(ISR) roles for the three armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours. It is capable to carry different combinations 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) to perform missions during day and night.

Many critical systems such as airframe, landing gear, flight control and avionics sub-systems are being developed in India with the collaboration of private industries. Rustom-II will undergo further trials for validating the
design parameters, before going for User Validation Trials.

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    GRK
    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    What a deable brahminical name 'Tapas' and seksist 'MALE' you duffers give. Unimaginable!
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      Vinit
      Nov 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm
      Cool! Looks like synced with Israeli President's visit to thank him for the technology PROCURRED by Indics!
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        Abbiya
        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm
        Well done boys
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          Anand
          Nov 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm
          Good news really
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            Raj
            Nov 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm
            What's the point? Predator is virtually invisible! You need to use materials that render it invisible and engines that are silent.
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              Babu Gupta
              Nov 16, 2016 at 4:04 pm
              Congratulations for Indian scientists. India is catching up to China now.
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                Paddy
                Nov 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                Good news. This also proves that prrvious Rustom 1 was a damp squib.
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                  Aditya
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                  Keep it up boys.
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