| By Anantha Krishnan M. | AVIATION WEEK |
Bangalore | India | September 15, 2010 |
A new test range for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is being built in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka state.
Dr. Prahlada, chief of DRDO, tells AVIATION WEEK that a new facility also will be constructed in Hyderabad for DRDO to flight-test aircraft.
The Chitradurga facility will focus on flight tests of unmanned aerial vehicles, air-to-ground weapons, parachutes and electronic warfare systems.
“We are going for the best of systems and facilities, and in the coming years DRDO will have multiple facilities for the testing of its wide range of platforms,” Prahlada said at the Bangalore Defense and Aerospace Journalists’ Forum.
The new Chitradurga test range will cover 4,000 acres and will have a runway. DRDO already has acquired the land.
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