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Rustom-II unmanned aerial vehicle makes successful test flight

flight assumes significance as it is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine

In a much needed strategic push for the Indian defence services, the Defence Research and Development Organization successfully carried out yet another test flight of Rustom-II drone.

The test flight was carried out from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) at Chalakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.

This flight assumes significance as it is the first flight in user configuration with higher power engine, an
official statement said.

Sources confirmed that all parameters were normal.

The

flight test was so crucial

that secretary in the Department of Defence (R&D) and Chairman DRDO S Christopher, Director General of Aeronautical System CP Ramanarayanan with senior officials witnessed the event.

It need be mentioned that Rustom-II comes seven years after Rustom-I and it is on par with US drones in its category.

Rustom-II falls into the category of medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.

It is said to be able to fly 24-hours at a stretch and would be strategic asset for the country’s armed forces
once it is inducted.

It is not clear now if can deliver weapons as well or not.

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