India developing aerial vehicle similar to American Predator drone - India - DNA India is developing an umanned aerial vehicle (UAV) similar to American Predator drones with an investment of Rs1,500 crore and planning an unmanned combat vehicles, a key official involved in the project said on Monday. UAV Rustom-2 project is spread over 66 months, Director of Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and said in Bangalore. Rustom-2 would have a wing-span of 21-odd metres and an endurance of 24-hours-plus, as against seven-odd metres and 12-15 hours of Rustom-1, which has already completed five flights. ADE is the nodal lab for these projects. Rustom-2 would have new payloads such as synthetic aperture radar, maritime patrol radar and collision avoidance system, among others, he said. "With its capability and the amount of payload it can carry, it (Rustom-2) compares well with (American) Predator (drones) and other class of vehicles," Krishnan said. The Predator is a nickname given to one in a series of UAVs, or pilotless drones, operated by the Pentagon, the CIA and, increasingly, other agencies of the US federal government such as the border patrol. Asked if India is also developing unmanned aerial combat vehicles, he said "we are thinking of that one. Some plans will be there".