DRDO flight tested the Rustom-2, the medium altitude long endurance indigenous prototype drone. Rustom-2 is capable of carrying different combinations of payloads depending on the mission objectives including synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence systems and situational awareness systems. Rustom-2 will have to undergo test and user trials before inducted in the Service.
Ministry of Defence is currently negotiating with Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI) to upgrade the existing fleet of Heron drone and also arm them with air to surface missile and laser guided bombs.
Besides, India is also keen to go in for American MQ 9B armed drone instead of Sea Guardian surveillance drone with cost and numbers being worked out.