HAL chief R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd speaking to ” Indian Express” said that HAL will start work on manufacturing the Tapas Bh-201 drone that will be used to conduct evaluation trials by the Indian Armed forces. has been told that six Tapas Bh-201 that will go into production will be near production ready that have been further optimized airframe to meet all specifications set by the armed forces.

Tapas has demonstrated its flight altitude above 28000 feet with an endurance of 18 hours recently but Tapas has to demonstrate 30,000 feet and mission-specific payload to clear evaluation trials and enter production.

Pre-production TAPAS still suffers from overweight issues but to tackle this issue production variants airframe will be further optimized and unnecessary weight might be reduced to meet all up weight set.

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