Rustom-1 a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was largely used as a Technological Demonstrator (TD) for the bigger Rustom-2 UAV Program is back on testing and developmental track after Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force (BSF) showed interest in procurement of them to be used for internal security.

Rustom-1 has a planned endurance of 12-15h, can carry payloads of up to 75kg (165lb), and has a maximum ceiling of 25,000ft (7,620m), and has caught the attention of the BSF that wants to use to monitor on its border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. CRPF wants to use its for surveillance and to track Maoist movements in the Naxal hotbeds areas of Easter India, where they’re deployed.

Rustom-1 can also be armed with Air launched Anti-Armor missile but BSF and CRPF seems to be interested in unarmed variants.

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