An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka on Tuesday (September 17). No injuries have been reported.
The drone crashed in a field near Jodichikkenahalli at 6 am. Villagers in the area were alerted by the loud noise.
"It's a Rustom-2 UAV from DRDO. Test trials were being conducted and it failed and fell in the open field. People were curious as to what it was and they gathered. We have cordoned off the area now and police are at the spot," Arun K, Chitradurga's Superintendent of Police was quoted as saying by reports.
The drone is said to have come from DRDO's outdoor testing area close to the scene of the crash. It is known as the Challakere Aeronautical Test Range (ATR). This is a testing facility for manned and unmanned aircraft.
Rustom 2 is a Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) aerial vehicle and will partake in surveillance for the Indian Army.