India has successfully test flown its home-grown medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The new drone is named as RUSTOM-II.
In the official press release, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) informed that the RUSTOM-II flew from Chitradurga Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), which is 250 km away from Bangalore.
As per information revealed by DRDO, the RUSTOM-II has flight endurance of 24 hours and will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform.
The weight is said to be 1.8-ton drone with maximum payload capacity of 350 kg. DRDO plans to include an electro-optical pod, synthetic aperture radar, and electronic support measures systems for communications and elecronic intelligence. Data-link system has also been developed for the RUSTOM-II.