De­fence Min­is­ter ded­i­cates Aero­nau­ti­cal Test Range to the na­tion

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

The De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley re­cently in­au­gu­rated the newly built Aero­nau­ti­cal Test Range (ATR) of the De­fence Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) at Chi­tradurga in Kar­nataka. Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of em­i­nent sci­en­tists and other de­fence per­son­nel on the oc­ca­sion, the De­fence Min­is­ter said fa­cil­i­ties such as the ATR will help in cre­at­ing con­di­tions for re­search, which will in turn de­velop the type of hu­man re­source in the coun­try re­quired in the field of aero­nau­ti­cal test­ing.

Com­pli­ment­ing the vi­tal role of the DRDO to­wards self-re­liance and pro­mot­ing ‘Make in In­dia’ ef­forts, Jait­ley said the de­vel­op­ment of the test range will cater to the needs of DRDO for test­ing of in­dige­nously de­vel­oped aero­nau­ti­cal sys­tems. He said the fa­cil­ity would also con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion in which Chi­tradurga is lo­cated.

The ATR is the first of its kind range in the coun­try ex­clu­sively meant to con­duct flight-tests of in­dige­nous un­manned and manned air­crafts, de­vel­oped by the DRDO in­clud­ing the 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-toGround weapons, para­chutes and aerostats, etc. This out­door test­ing and eval­u­at­ing fa­cil­ity has been set up by the Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ADE), one of the pre­mier lab­o­ra­to­ries of the DRDO.

Spread across 4,029 acres, the 28 km perime­ter strate­gic test range en­vis­ages a 2 km run­way be­sides other track­ing and con­trol equip­ment where a rail link to the fa­cil­ity has also been planned. The Sta­teof-the-Art Range Con­trol Cen­tre (RCC) houses the air traf­fic dis­play sys­tem with re­mote con­trol of radar op­er­a­tions, ATC RF voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, ground teleme­try sys­tem, mis­sion video dis­tri­bu­tion and dis­play sys­tem and range op­er­a­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem.

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