Armenia to buy armed UAV from India

Armenia to buy armed UAV from India
Armenia to buy armed UAV from India

An Armenian defence delegation has visited India to explore the possibility of purchasing an Indian-made Armed UAV, according to Indian local media. There was no mention of whether the two parties reached an agreement.


The Armenian Ministry of Defence on Friday (29/7) declined to comment on reports of its representative's visit to India or his broader interest in Indian military hardware defencewatch.in reported.
Armenia and India form a natural pact as India and Pakistan have many border disputes, and Pakistan supports Azerbaijan along with Turkiye against Armenia. The military cooperation between Armenia and India is considered a counterweight to the collaboration between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.
Armenia to buy armed UAV from India
Regarding the armed UAV that Armenia is planning to buy, Indian media speculated that the drone in question is Rustom-ll (Warrior-2). Rustom-ll is a domestically made medium altitude long endurance  (MALE) class unmanned reconnaissance aircraft developed by the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) research institute. The Rustom-ll prototype began its maiden flight on February 25, 2018, and was introduced to the public at the 2019 Aero India event. The Rustom-ll adopts a conventional aircraft design, employing two engines under the tall model main wing and the T model tail fin.
As propulsion, the Rustom-ll adopts two Russian-made NPO Saturn 36MT turboprop engines, each with a power of 100 hp.
The maximum speed is about 225 km / h with a flying height of up to 10,668 m. Rustom-ll can be airborne for 16 hours and will be increased again to 24 hours. The UAV will be armed as well.