India’s tactical air-borne platform crashes during experimental flight trial

India’s tactical air-borne platform crashes during experimental flight trial
# 17 September 2019 13:58 (UTC +04:00)

In a major setback for India’s unmanned warfare programme, the unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-II crashed during an experimental flight trial on Tuesday in the Chitradurga district of the southern state of Karnataka, APA reports citing Sputnik.

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which is developing this Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) aircraft, said that the platform crashed while being tested in a new configuration near the testing range in Karnataka.

“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,” DRDO said.

The accident created quite a scare in the village of Jodichillenahalli, where the Rustom II platform crashed too earth with a loud noise. Videos of the crashed Rustom-II have gone viral on the social media.

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