September 21, 2017
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Maiden Flight of Rustom-II
DRDO recently successfully carried out the maiden flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM – II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. The flight accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing etc. TAPAS 201, the MALE UAV, weighing 2 metric tonnes, has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the Bangalore-based premier lab of DRDO with HAL-BEL as the production partners. TAPAS 201, a multi-mission UAV, is being developed to carry out the ISR roles for the three Armed Forces with an endurance of 24 hours. It is capable to carry different combinations of payloads like Medium Range Electro Optic (MREO), Long Range Electro Optic (LREO), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and Situational Awareness Payloads (SAP) to perform missions during day and night.