Arun Jaitley Inaugurats Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga in Karnataka (Download PDF)


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The newly built Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has been inaugurated by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated at Chitradurga in Karnataka.

Location of Chitradurga in Karnataka

Location of Chitradurga in Karnataka

Location of Chitradurga in Karnataka

Key facts

  • Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) is the first range developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is one of the premier laboratories of the DRDO.
  • UAVs (unmanned air vehicles) are the main work area of ADE.
  • This testing facility will be used by followings labs:
  • the Centre for Air Borne Systems
  • the Gas Turbine Research Establishment
  • the Defence Avionics Research Establishment
  • the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification
  • all of which are based in Bangalore
  • The Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment based in Agra.
  • The main goal of this facility is to conduct flight-tests of indigenous unmanned and manned aircrafts such as naval and trainer versions of the Light Combat Aircraft, the unmanned air vehicles- Rustom-I and Rustom-II (Tapas); the Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems (AEW&C), Air-to-Ground weapons, parachutes and aerostats, etc.
  • ATR will be of 28 km and will facilitate conditions for research to improve the human resource required in the field of aeronautical testing.
  • The test range have two kilometer runway along with tracking and control equipment.

About Defence Research and Development Organisation

  • It was founded in 1958 and its headquarter is locate at New Delhi
  • Annual budget: 103 billion INR (2011–2012, US $1.5 billion)
  • Number of employees: 30, 000 With a network of 52 laboratories, which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India’s largest and most diverse research organisation.
  • The organisation includes around 5, 000 scientists belonging to the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS). Having about 25, 000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel.
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- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2017


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