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DRDO’s UAV Tapas


Source: LM

 Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced that there were no casualties or collateral damage resulting from the crash of the Tapas unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during an experimental flight trial in Karnataka, India.

  • The UAV was undergoing a trial flight from ATR Challakere when it encountered a technical snag and crashed in nearby farmland. DRDO assured that investigations into the technical issue are ongoing.



  • The Tapas UAV, previously known as Rustom-2, is a Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201. It’s a long-endurance drone developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment in India.
  • With a wingspan of 20.6 meters and a top speed of 225 kmph, the drone can cover a range of over 250 km using the C Band frequency data link developed by DRDO.
  • The UAV has the capability to fly autonomously or via remote control, making it suitable for pre-programmed missions. It boasts a compact and lightweight design, allowing for
  • easy transport and deployment in various environments.

The drone’s real-time data collection and transmission capabilities provide valuable intelligence for decision-making. It has an impressive flight endurance of several hours and can operate in both daylight and darkness.