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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nishant UAV Crashlanded during a Test Flight

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Nishant, which was on a test flight, crashlanded in an agricultural land at Chikkatumutagiri in Bangarpet taluk on Friday following technical problem. The UAV was scheduled to land at Defence Research and Development and Development (DRDO) premises at Muduwadi Hosahalli in Kolar taluk. The vehicle was launched at 11 am and was scheduled to return at 4 pm after flying over Hosur in Tamil Nadu. However, it developed problems around 2.45 and crashlanded with a loud sound. Wings were damaged in the accident. No one was injured in the accident.

On hearing the thud, a teacher and students in a nearby school rushed out and saw the damaged vehicle. In Bangalore, a DRDO spokesperson denied that the UAV had crashlanded. However, he confirmed that the UAV was the advanced version of Nishant.

Spokesperson Jayaprakash maintained that the wings of the UAV were slightly damaged when the aircraft landed on an uneven ground. "The area where the UAV landed was earmarked for emergency landings and it landed using a parachute. The villagers assumed it was a crash," he claimed.He also said that there was no significant damage and that the aircraft was going to be used again.

6 comments:

Not suprised. They "cash landed" a UAV near a school. How civilised!

Read the article completely dude!
It landed in an area earmarked for 'emergency landing'.

Yeah correct, not as CIVILIZED as you.

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BTW, how old is this project? DRDO seems to be working on the ‘advanced’ version of Nishant that crash-landed near the school. Must be a thing of interest for the teachers and students who gathered around it soon after it landed ‘safely’. It seems sitting on the belly with in pretty good shape though. May be they can use for hitting the ground once more. I’m wondering if any sort of foreign collaboration going on for this project.

they should turn it into a suicide bomber instead>

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