In a recent incident, a Tapas unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed during a trial flight near a village in Chitradurga, Karnataka. Officials reported that the UAV-TAPAS crashed in an agriculture field, resulting in damage to the drone and its equipment.
The Defense Ministry has been briefed about the mishap, and an inquiry is underway to determine the specific reasons behind the crash. Local villagers flocked to the crash site to witness the aftermath of the incident.
The Tapas UAV, also known as Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201 (Tapas BH-201), is a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. Previously referred to as Rustom-II, it is being developed by the DRDO as part of their efforts in strengthening India’s defense capabilities.
The crash of the Tapas UAV during the trial flight highlights the challenges and risks faced in the development and testing of advanced aerial technology. Despite the setback, the incident will provide valuable information for the ongoing development of the drone.
The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency under the Ministry of Defense, Government of India. It is responsible for the development of indigenous defense technology and military systems. The Tapas UAV crash is currently under investigation, and further details will be revealed once the inquiry is completed.