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Karnataka: UAV crashes during trial

According to reports, the UAV developed technical snags soon after its take-off. The UAV crashed at an areca nut farm around 7.50 am in Challekere taluk of Chitradurga district.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: September 18, 2019 9:46:10 am
The UAV crashed at an areca nut farm around 7.50 am in Challekere taluk, of Chitradurga district. (Express photo)

One Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district in Karnataka Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

According to reports, the UAV developed technical snags soon after its take-off. The UAV crashed at an areca nut farm around 7.50 am in Challekere taluk of Chitradurga district. The farmers, who were working on the farm, heard a loud noise and rushed to the spot.

Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K said, “There are no casualties in the DRDO UAV crash, the UAV crashed in the areca nut farm this morning.”

According to police officials, the aerial vehicle is ‘Rustom-2’

The DRDO officials rushed to the spot following the crash.

The DRDO has a test range in Challekere known as the Challakere Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), which is an outdoor testing and evaluating facility set up by the DRDO exclusively for unmanned and manned aircraft.

DRDO in a tweet said, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) being developed by DRDO on experimental flight trial in new configuration has crash landed in fields near ATR Chitradurga. Data is being analysed.”

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