Friday, May 26, 2017

Karnataka’s UAV Test Zone Set for Take-Off

The country’s first of its kind Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) with a mega multi-agency complex for integrating and testing various Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) will be unveiled by Defence minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday.The ATR built at a cost of `1,300 crore in Varavoo Kaval near Challakere in Chitradurga district will have technical infrastructure on 4,090 acres and transit and residential facilities on 200 acres. The facility will be housing multiple agencies .

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of the Ministry of Defence has developed the ATR, whch has been partially operating since December 2010.

With the ATR’s inauguration, DRDO can start testing some of the indigenous products being developed, including the naval and trainer versions of the Light  Combat  Aircraft,  unmanned air vehicles Rustom 1 and 2; and the Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems meant for surveillance.
25/05/17  Kiran Parashar K M/New Indian Express