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    Indigenous UAV Rustom-2   is expected to complete user trials by August 2023.

    Significance and need 

    • High endurance UAVs are a priority requirement for the armed forces especially in the standoff with China in Eastern Ladakh. 
    • The armed forces rely heavily on the Israeli Searcher and Heron drones and need more such UAVs.

    About Rustom-2

    • It is an indigenous Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV.
    • It  has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, with the production partners being HAL and Bharat Electronics Ltd. 
    • It is being developed to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles and is capable of carrying different combinations of advanced payload and capable of auto landing, among others.
    • In December 2021, Rustom-2 had crossed a milestone by reaching an altitude of 25,000 feet and an endurance of 10 hours. 
    • In the past, Rustom-2 technologically matched the contemporary UAVs available and would also be cheaper than the imported ones while meeting the requirements of the three Services.