Challakere Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) is an out-door testing and evaluating facility being set up by DRDO exclusively for unmanned and manned aircraft.

Challakere ATR is located at Varavoo Kaval in Challakere Taluk of Chitradurga district on a 4,290 acre plot.[2][3] The land was bought by Ministry of Defence from the state government for Rs.12 crore (Rs.120 million) in a deal negotiated in 2008.[2] The project is being set up with a planned investment of Rs 1300 Crores.[4] The project envisages a runway beside other tracking and control equipments and a rail link to the facility have also been planned. Challakere ATR is intended to conduct the trials of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), air-to-ground weapons, parachutes and aerostats.[5] It has been planned not to utilize Challakere ATR for test flight of ballistic missiles.

The Challakere ATR was partially activated on 15 December 2010.[6][7] The facility was formally inaugurated by Union Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28 May 2017.[12][13][2]

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