The indigenous Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) development program by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crossed another key milestone when Rustom- II demonstrated its flight altitude above 27,500 feet with an endurance of 18 hours recently, Secretary R&D and DRDO Chairman Dr. Sateesh Reddy said to the BW Businessworld.

In December 2021, Rustom- II had reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and had achieved an endurance of 10 hours, and with new flight altitude and endurance demonstrated it is moving closer to demonstrate at an altitude of 30,000 feet and 18 hours endurance that will meet the requirements set by the Services.

Rustom- II early last year successfully flew for eight hours at an altitude of 16,000 feet and since then has been making steady progress on the flight altitude and endurance. Rustom- II likely will achieve its target goal in the next few months and later will be ready for user trials with the Indian Army and Indian Air force.

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