SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
TAPAS 201 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) has been designed and developed by the Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is one of the laboratories of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and is nearing its developmental trials and soon will be offered to Indian Armed forces for User trials.
TAPAS BH-201, which is currently manufactured by HAL and BEL as its production partners for the MALE UAV, might see a private sector company also being given Transfer of Technology (ToT) as DRDO is considering opting for a new production partner when it clears user trials.
idrw.org has reported in past that many Private sector companies are interested in many of the systems and sub-systems that have been developed for the TAPAS BH-201 program so that same can also be utilised for private sector MALE and HALE UAV programs.
Allowing Private sector companies to take over the production of the TAPAS BH-201 program with ToT will speed up the production of the UAV but also future upgrades and Exports of the product will be handled by the company.
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