A medium altitude, long endurance unmanned air vehicle being developed by DRDO for the three defence services, the Rustom-2, with capability to fly for 24 hours at a stretch, can conduct sustained surveillance and can also carry weapons along. Manjula and other senior scientists. What is Rustom-2? It has been renamed as Tapas and has come 7-years after Rustom What are its features? It is an indigenously developed drone for surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and attack.
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A medium altitude, long endurance unmanned air vehicle being developed by DRDO for the three defence services, the Rustom-2, with capability to fly for 24 hours at a stretch, can conduct sustained surveillance and can also carry weapons along.
Manjula and other senior scientists. What is Rustom-2? It has been renamed as Tapas and has come 7-years after Rustom What are its features? It is an indigenously developed drone for surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and attack.
Rustom can fly for 24 hours at a stretch. It weighs 2 tonnes and has a wingspan of 20 metres. Rustom 2 is being developed on the lines of predator drones of the US to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance ISR roles for the armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours, officials said. Rustom 2 is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness payloads, officials said.
With a wingspan of more than 20m and an endurance of hours, the UCAV needs a runway to takeoff and land unlike traditional UAVs, which makes it more trustworthy. The drone can loiter autonomously at high altitudes performing real-time, high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ISR with its SAR and EO sensors. What are its advantages? Under the plan, mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drones will also be purchased. During the surgical strikes of October , the army had to rely on imported drones for monitoring and filming the events.
They had high endurance and were capable of flying at higher altitudes. In the coming future, Rustom-2 will be able to carry out such tasks.
Unlike traditional UAVs, Rustom-2 will need a runway to take off and land, thereby increasing its trustworthiness. It will be capable of taking off and landing automatically.
In contrast to Rustom-I, the next generation version is equipped with enhanced aerodynamic configuration, digital flight control, navigation system, communication intelligence, medium and long-range electro-optic payloads and synthetic aperture radar that will enable it to see through the clouds.
The capability of automatic takeoff and landing makes it comparable to some of the best in the world. Once fully ready, the Rustom UAVs will replace Israeli Heron unmanned aerial vehicles being used by the air force and the navy.
The team developing the Rustom-2 has faced weight reduction and systems issues, resulting in delay in its debut flight by over two years. It will now undergo through a rigorous phase of flight trials. The advanced version of Rustom-II will include greater endurance and service ceiling, in addition to the ability to deploy a wider variety of weapons.
The agency will also follow up issues related to infrastructure and expertise for the product and its support, thereby overcoming time delays in crucial projects. There will be three variants of the Rustom UAV. Currently, negotiations are underway between these companies and the three Indian armed forces since the private majors are looking for support and commitment from them before they start executing any development and production plans. This is because of the fact that the chosen PADP will also have a financial stake in the Rustom project. The Armed Forces would also be asked to take up a financial stake and the Indian government may have to guarantee that a specific number of Rustom UAVs will be bought. The demonstration resulted in the prototype crashing to the ground.
Since , however, a heavier model called the Rustom II was being groomed for an offensive role. The necessity for local drone production is an urgent one since the state is battling terrorist groups and threats from within and without. The result is the propeller-driven Rustom II. With the dimensions of a small turbo-prop plane, including a 70 foot wingspan, the Rustom is deployed from either runways or airstrips.
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