DRDO to Showcase Tapas UAV, Spotlight on Indigenous Technologies, Futuristic Systems at Aero India

Aero India 2023

New Delhi / Bengaluru: Aligned to Aatmanirbharta in Defence initiative by the government, DRDO will be showcasing a wide range of indigenous defence technologies and systems during the Aero India 2023 including Tapas UAV, which will make its flying debut at the international aero show. The TAPAS-BH will showcase its capabilities and cover static as well aerial displays.

The mega show will also witness the flight displays of LCA Tejas, LCA Tejas PV6, NETRA AEW&C as part of DRDO’s participation. The DRDO will also showcase Aeronautical Systems, Missiles, Armaments, Electronics, Micro Electronic Devices and Computational Systems, Soldier Support Technologies, Life-sciences, Naval & Material Science amongst others. The DRDO will also be displaying its flagship products at the India Pavilion.

“The key highlights will be the display of its flagship platforms and systems such as AMCA, LCA Tejas Mk2, TEDBF, ARCHER, TAPAS UAV, Abhyas, Autonomous Stealth Wing Flying Test Bed from the Combat Aircraft and UAVs zone,” said a DRDO official.

The India Pavilion will exhibit five DRDO products. The exhibits are AEWC&C Mk-II, AMCA, LCA Tejas Mk2, TEDBF and Archer (Image intelligence with Weapon Payloads).

Over 330 products categorised into 12 zones namely Combat Aircraft & UAVs, Missiles & Strategic Systems, Engine & Propulsion Systems, Airborne Surveillance Systems, Sensors Electronic Warfare & Communication Systems, Parachute & Drop Systems, Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning & Cyber Systems, Materials, Land Systems & Munitions, Life Support Services, and Industry & Academia Outreach will also be showcased.

Additionally, the DRDO is also focusing on the Airborne Sonar with Helicopter Model, Air launched Directional Sonobuoy from the Naval Systems Zone. In terms of futuristic technologies, the DRDO is gearing up to showcase Air Warfare Simulation System, QRNG from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cyber Systems Zone.

A seminar on the development of aero engine in India — ‘Futuristic Aerospace Technologies including Way Forward for Development of Indigenous Aero Engines’ is also being organised by the DRDO. The DRDO will also hand over 16 Licensing Agreements for the Transfer of Technology (LAToT) for 11 DRDO-developed technologies to 15 industries during the seminar. It includes the Health Usage and Monitoring System for MiG-29K, which has been developed through the Technology Development Fund (TDF) and will be handed over to the Vice Chief of Naval Staff.

“Aero India 2023 is an excellent opportunity for the Indian aerospace community to foster the cause of indigenous development of military systems and technologies with the spirit of self-reliance and national pride. It will provide a platform for collaboration and evolve new opportunities to boost the export of indigenous defence products. Various interactions are expected with the scientists to explain and demonstrate the systems and exhibits,” said DRDO spokesperson.