Defence Research and Development Organisation Current Affairs - 2020

Rustom-2: DRDO’s UAV crashes in Karnataka’s Chitradurga

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called ‘Rustom-2’ belonging to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. No casualties were reported from the crash. According to state government officials, the testing of ‘Rustom-2 UAV was in progress when the incident occurred.

About DRDO Rustom

It is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV. It is being developed by DRDO for Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

Rustom is derived from National Aerospace Laboratory’s (NAL) LCRA (Light Canard Research Aircraft) developed by a team under leadership of late Prof Rustom Damania in 1980s.

DRDO Rustom-2 UAV

It has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) with its production partners being aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

It is being developed on lines of predator drones of United States (US) to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles for the 3 Indian armed forces with an endurance of 24 hours.

It is capable of carrying various combinations of payloads like synthetic aperture radar (SAR), electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems and situational awareness payloads (SAP).

First ever arrested landing of Naval Tejas successfully executed in Goa

The First ever arrested landing of Naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, a 4.5 generation, light weight, multirole fighter was successfully executed at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), INS Hansa in Goa. This will pave the way for this Indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya.

Key Highlights

The LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team was led by Cmde J A Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot), Capt Shivnath Dahiya (LSO) and Cdr J D Raturi (Test Director).

They successfully executed a text book arrested landing that heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability and displays professional prowess of our scientific community Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) embedded with design and build capability of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Labs involved in executing this land mark event.

Other Participants– Certification Agency (CEMILAC), Quality Agency (DGAQA) and all the men and women on the ground who serviced the aircraft and monitored it during strenuous trails.

Besides marking the beginning of a new era where multiple agencies have come together to achieve a common goal, this event has also put India on the world map as a country with capability to design a deck landing aircraft.

What is Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)?

SBTF replicates the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. It was built to train naval pilots in complex manoeuvres of landing on short flight deck of an aircraft carrier before they move on to actual carrier.