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Why in news?

  • India’s indigenously developed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Rustom-2 is expected to complete all user trials by August 2023.


  • Rustom 2 is a medium altitude long endurance(MALE) Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • It is also known as Tapas-BH (Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon 201).
  • Developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), an arm of DRDO with the production partners being Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Ltd.


  • It is being developed to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles and is also capable of carrying different combinations of advanced payloads and capable of auto-landing among others.


‘Rustom’, sometimes seen in news, is a/an:

(a) Residue management vehicle designed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research

(b) Unmanned air vehicle (UAV) developed by DRDO

(c) Satellite Launch Vehicle developed by ISRO

(d) Weather Monitoring System launched by India Meteorological Department


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