Tapas Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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The Indian Navy and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the transfer of command and control capabilities of the TAPAS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

About Tapas Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV):

  • It is known as Tapas-BH 201(Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon 201) , formerly referred to as Rustom-II.
  • It is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle.
  • It is being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Features:
    • It is capable of operating at altitudes of up to 28,000 feet with an endurance of over 18 hours.
    • The drone has a 20.6-meter wingspan and a maximum speed of 225 kmph. 
    • It can carry a variety of payloads up to a maximum of 350 kgs.
    • It can be controlled remotely and also has the ability to execute pre-programmed flight plans autonomously with precision and flexibility.
    • Designed to fulfill the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Tracking & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements of the tri-services, the Tapas UAV can effectively operate in both day and night conditions.
    • It is pre-designed to carry certain weapons and can be converted into an armed platform as and when required by the user.


Q1) What is an unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)?

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft that carries no human pilot or passengers. UAVs—sometimes called drones—can be fully or partially autonomous but are more often controlled remotely by a human pilot. RAND research has contributed to the public discussion on the use of drones for warfare and surveillance.

Source: DRDO successfully tests command of TAPAS UAV from ground station to warship