Then Tapas 201 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16, the Defense Research and Development Organization ( ) announced. The aircraft, formerly known as ‘ ,’ was developed by the ’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The flight took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, in the south of .
Tapas 201 represents the first prototype of then indigenous medium-altitude, long endurance platform designed for missions exceeding 24h. Once ready for operational use, Tapas-201 is expected to join active service with all Indian military services.
India currently uses large numbers of Searcher and Heron I unmanned systems bought from. In addition to fielding its indigenous RPAS New Delhi is also seeking to import larger drones, namely the i Heron TP, MQ-9 and jet-powered Avenger.