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TAPAS UAV Crashes In Karnataka

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  • TAPAS BH 201 has already completed more than 180 flights
  • Tapas UAV has been made by Aeronautical Development Establishment

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Tapas unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has recently crashed in Karnataka’s Chitradurga. According to DRDO, there is no collateral damage from the crash.

The Tapas UAV also known as Rustom-2, has a 20.6-meter wingspan and a maximum speed of 225 kmph. It can cover a range of 250+ km using the C Band frequency data link developed by Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL) at DRDO and 1000+ km via SATCOM using the Kᵤ Band frequency and GAGAN system.

Tapas UAV has been made by Aeronautical Development Establishment.

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 “TAPAS UAV was undergoing an experimental flight trial today morning from ATR Challakere, Karnataka. During the flight, a technical snag was encountered and the UAV crashed in a nearby farmland. The technical reason is being investigated, and there is no collateral damage,” DRDO posted on X, formerly Twitter.

This drone has the quality of flying autonomously or via remote control. It has been prepared for operational use in daylight or darkness. With a range of over 18 hours and altitude capabilities of up to 28,000 feet, the TAPAS BH 201 has already completed more than 180 flights. It will be live-streaming aerial and static displays at Aero India 2023.

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Nitisha Dubey
Nitisha Dubey
Nitisha Dubey is a journalist at EFY. She focuses on startups and innovations with a deep interest in new technologies and business models.

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