Karnataka: TAPAS Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle of DRDO Crashes Near Chitradurga Test Range During Test Flight
TAPAS Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle of DRDO Crashes Near Chitradurga (Photo Credits: ANI)

Bengaluru, September 17: A TAPAS Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) crashed during a test flight on Tuesday. According to a tweet by ANI, the aircraft crashed 17 km from Chitradurga test range. Reports inform that the UAV was airborne for one of its initial development flights and was undergoing a test when it crashed.

In June, 13 occupants on board an IAF AN-32 aircraft were killed after the aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3. The IAF also released a list of names of air--warriors who lost their lives in the AN-32 aircraft crash. The AN-32 aircraft had disappeared from the radar after it took off from the Jorhat airbase in Assam. The plane was scheduled to land at the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh's Shi-Yomi district bordering China.

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In March this year, a MiG-27 UPG aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Godana near Sheoganj in Sirohi while the aircaft was on a routine mission. The crashed aircraft took off from Jodhpur. The pilot ejected safely. The fighter jet was completely destroyed as flames engulfed the aircraft.