To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

Rustom II takes maiden flight

17th November 2016 - 01:55 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


Although long delayed, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of the Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV on 16 November. It is the largest unmanned system that India has attempted to fly.

The test flight took place from the recently developed Aeronautical Test Range for UAVs and manned aircraft at Chitradurga, 250km from Bangalore.

The DRDO also announced the Rustom II had been renamed Tapas, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to heat’.

‘The flight accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing,’ a DRDO statement said.

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 2 free stories per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
Start your free trial
Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

She has written for …

Read full bio

Share to