DRDO drone crashes in Karnataka

DRDO drone crashes in Karnataka

DRDO drone crashes in Karnataka


On Sunday, farmland in the Chitradurga region of Karnataka was the site of a collision involving a DRDO unmanned testing aircraft. 

What is TAPAS?

TAPAS BH-201, also known as the Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201(Sanskrit: tápas, “Heat”), is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being developed in India by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) along the lines of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator.

What are the features and capabilities of the Drone?

  • Enhanced aerodynamic configuration, computerized flight control, navigation systems, and communication intelligence are the main elements of the design.
  • able to conduct all-weather surveillance thanks to its medium and long-range electro-optic payloads and synthetic aperture radar.
  • Situational awareness tools and electronic intelligence systems are examples of payloads.
  • Real-time relay of battlefield conditions is made possible by a satellite communication link.

What were the developmental challenges that were addressed?

  • The difficulties of engine selection and weight reduction were addressed.
  • Upgrades to power plants were made, including the construction of locally produced engines and engine replacements.
  • In order to address stability difficulties, improved control systems and communication linkages were implemented.

What are the Key accomplishments and achievements made by TAPAS?

  • take-off and landing autonomously while using GPS for navigation.
  • Attained benchmarks in altitude and endurance, including 25,000 feet (10 hours), 28,000 feet (18 hours), and higher.
  • superior ground control and image exploitation capabilities impressed the Indian Armed Forces..
  • The drone’s capabilities were displayed in front of the general public during Aero India 2023.
  • Successful tests showed how to transfer command and control to a naval vessel aboard when required.

What are the future applications of the TAPAS drone in the Armed Forces?

Reconnaissance and surveillance

  • The main function of TAPAS-BH-201 is ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). It has the ability to autonomously loiter at great heights, giving situational awareness with real-time, high-resolution imagery and data.
  • It can be used for sensitive area monitoring, border surveillance, and coastal surveillance.

Battlefield Information:

  • The drone’s sensors, which include electro-optic payloads and synthetic aperture radar (SAR), enable it to acquire vital information on the movements, positions, and activities of the enemy.
  • It can offer crucial information for making decisions during military operations.

Target identification and acquisition: 

  • The UAV is equipped with laser designators that allow it to identify targets for precise artillery or other aircraft strikes.
  • High-value targets can be chosen and designated by it for efficient engagement.

Combat Support: 

  • The TAPAS-BH-201 can continuously support combat operations due to its durability and real-time data relay capabilities.
  • It may assess the success of strikes, keep an eye on ongoing battles, and communicate vital information to commanders.

Search and Rescue:

  • Rescue efforts involving drones can benefit greatly from their ability to provide continual observation.
  • Finding lost people, survivors, or crashed planes may benefit from it.