The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a test flight of indigenous drone Rustom-2 at its Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka's Chitradurga district.
A medium altitude, long endurance unmanned air vehicle being developed by DRDO for the three defence services, the Rustom-2, with the capability to fly for 24 hours at a stretch, can conduct sustained surveillance and can also carry weapons along.
The around Rs 1,500-crore UAV project was initiated considering the requirement of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
This has designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the DRDO, and aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd are its production partners.
"This flight assumes significance given the fact that this is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine. All parameters were normal,".
The test flight at the test range was carried out in the presence of DRDO Chairman S. Christopher, Director General of Aeronautical Systems C.