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Aero India 2017: India develops micro-UAVs to UCAVs

17th February 2017 - 13:58 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangalore

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A range of indigenous Indian UAVs – from micro-UAVs all the way up to a MALE platform – was on full display at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore from 14-18 February.

The largest UAV was the Tapas (pictured above), formerly referred to as the Rustom II. A full-scale mock-up was at the aerospace show, while the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) is using another prototype for flight tests, the first of which occurred on 16 November 2016 when it flew for ten minutes at an altitude of 335m.

A DRDO representative told Shephard

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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