India’s Rustom-II combat UAV completes first flight test

Chitradurga, India (UPI) Nov 16, 2016 –

Defense researchers in India have hailed the first flight of the Rustom-II long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle as a success.

The Rustom-II TAPAS 201 completed its maiden flight on Wednesday in a test conducted by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, or DRDO. The event took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, roughly 155 miles from Bangladore.

Officials say the UAV successfully accomplished all main objectives during the test, including takeoff, bank, level flight, and landing. DRDO reports”,nw} the aircraft was the first R&D prototype to undergo certification and qualification from the Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance.

The 2-ton craft is a multimission UAV designed for combat roles in addition to intelligence and surveillance operations. It has an endurance of 24 hours, and can carry a variety of payloads including medium-range electro-optic, long-range electro-optic, synthetic aperture radar, and situational awareness payloads to perform missions during the day and night.

While defense officials have praised the flight test, several steps remain before the Rustom-II enters service with three of India’s military branches. The craft is scheduled to undergo further evaluations before it can be approved for user validation trials.

Elbit Systems reveals new anti-UAV ReDrone system

Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Nov 14, 2016 –
Elbit Systems has revealed its new ReDrone, a device capable of detecting and neutralizing enemy unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company revealed the product during the Israel HLS and Cyber Conference in Tel Aviv. The system, officials say, is ideal for protecting high-value targets such as closed air spaces and national infrastructures against hostile threats.

The system is designed to detect and disrupt nearby UAVs in addition to supporting information, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance missions. A supporting SupervisIR system can also be integrated to boost detection capabilities, enabling thermal imaging.

On the field, the ReDrone is able to separate an incoming UAV from its operator’s commands by blocking radio signals. It can also provide surveillance information from a 360-degree perimeter while providing situational awareness.

The fourth annual Israel HLS & Cyber Conference begins on Nov. 14 and will continue through Nov. 17. The event aims to attract leaders from the defense and cyber industries, and allows government officials from Israel and other countries to examine new technologies.