DRDO's Rustom 2 Drone Crashes During Test Flight in Karnataka

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed in an agriculture field during a trial in Chitradurga district on Tuesday, 17 September, a video of which has gone viral.

No casualties were reported. Police said the UAV crashed during the flight from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), an outdoor testing and evaluating facility being set up by DRDO for unmanned and manned aircraft, in Chellekere in the district.

The incident created quite a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard after the drone crashed, PTI reported. The UAV, named TAPAS-04 ADE, crashed into a farmland in Kudapur village in the area.

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Soon, a large number of people gathered at the spot.

Confirming the incident, Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in an arecanut farm this morning, but no one was injured.

According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called 'Rustom-2' was in progress when the incident occurred.

When contacted, a DRDO official declined to comment on it.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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