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Rustom- II : Killer Drone

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Rustom – II, developed by DRDO, India is a medium altitude long endurance Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

The aircraft has been named after Rustom Damania, a former professor of IISc, Bangalore who passed away in 2001.

Rustom-II completed its maiden flight on November 16, 2016 and the aircraft has an endurance of 24 hours. It weighs 1.8 tons and has a capacity payload of 350 kilograms.

The vehicle has been developed to conduct military missions like reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition and designation, communication relay, battle damage assessment and signal intelligence for the three Indian Armed Forces (IAF) and will replace the Israeli Heron UAV, which is presently used by IAF.

Princy P. John

Princy P. John is a qualified Physicist, armed with a Bachelor of Science (Physics Hons.) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and a Masters in Physics. She is an integral part of the Science channel at Zigya and oversees Physics content for all classes. She taps onto the pulse of events happening globally on scientific platforms and brings value to Zigya with her knowledge, wit and resolve. Princy also provides key management updates of the editorial board and aids in the decision making process at Zigya. Follow her work at

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