Samir V. Kamat, Chairman of DRDO in an interview with Financial Express stressed that the MALE (Tapas UAV) program and SRUAV (Rustom-1) UAV Program have created enough technology and systems that can be easily reconfigured to be used for India’s High-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

For the first time, DRDO has confirmed the development of the HALE Class UAV that will be carried out by its associated lab Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is leading the program.

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) already has developed and validated the Automatic take-off and Landing (ATOL) system and satellite communication (SATCOM) system and other associated technologies like Ground Control Station and Propulsion system on the Tapas UAV that is nearing meeting its requirements set by the Indian Armed forced.

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