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  • A Rs 1,300 Cr facility for testing drones and other defence weapons is being set up in Karnataka

    India is getting a new high-tech facility to test its drones, air-to-ground weapons and other equipment at Challakere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district, a defence official said on Saturday.

    “The dedicated Aeronautical Test Range at Challakere will evaluate the indigenous aeronautical systems built for the Indian armed forces by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) labs,” the official told IANS ahead of its unveiling on Sunday by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.

    The Rs 1,300 crore facility’s secure air space will enable integrating and testing of various UAVs and other defence equipment, including weapons, parachutes, aerostats and electric warfare flares before their induction into the services.

    As the first of its kind in the country, the sprawling 4,090-acre ATR also has a 2.2 km runway along with taxiways in conformity with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.

    “The ATR houses the air traffic display system with remote control of radar operations, an Air Traffic Control radio frequency voice communication system and a range operational communication system,” said the official.

    Initially, the facility with two hangers and a radar centre will integrate and test Rustom-1 and Rustom-2 Tactical Advanced Platform for Aerial Surveillance (TAPAS).

    When fully operational, the range will be used for testing and evaluating other projects of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

    In line with the National Green Tribunal guidelines, there will be no test flights of ballistic missiles to protect the natural ecological system around.

    “The facility will, however, be used to conduct trials of the Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems platform, for the Indian Air Force,” said the official.

    DRDO’s other labs such as the Centre for Air Borne Systems, the Gas Turbine Research Establishment, the Defence Avionics Research Establishment and the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification will all be using the new facility in addition to the ADE’s ATR at Kolar.

    The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Space Research Organisation are also setting up their new facilities in the region.

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  • French Open 2017: Bracket, schedule and live scores for men’s draw

    Can Rafael Nadal keep up his historic clay dominance and win the French Open? We’ve got all the results and coverage you need.

    At age 31 with a significant injury history, Rafael Nadal is a long way from his prime, but the “King of Clay” is still the favorite to take the 2017 French Open. He’ll have to get through defending champion Novak Djokovic, the surging Dominic Thiem, and of course, world No. 1 Andy Murray.

    But he won’t have to face Roger Federer, who dropped out of the clay court season to preserve his longevity. Federer doesn’t have much time left in the sport, and clay is typically his worst surface to begin with. He wants to preserve himself for the grass court season after the French Open.

    Djokovic has struggled recently, coming down from being the most dominant player in the sport for well over a year. Murray isn’t the most dominant player out there, but he’s winning plenty of matches and will be in the shuffle right with them. Thiem appears ready to take the next step and of course, Nadal is always amazing on clay.

    Below is a full bracket, schedule and results, updated daily throughout the tournament.


    Bracket taken from the official Roland Garros website.

    Viewing information

    This year marks the 35th consecutive year that NBC will carry coverage of the French Open in the United States. The finals and some semifinals will be broadcast by NBC and NBCSN, but the bulk of early-round coverage will be carried by the Tennis Channel.

    Online streaming of the entire French Open will also be available, as usual, via NBC Sports Live. You can watch the streams of all courts online via web browsers or the NBC Sports app on various connected smart devices.

    Below is a list of days and what channels you can watch the action on, and below that is the full tournament schedule and results, updated daily.

    How to Watch the French Open


    Day 1, Sunday, May 28

    No. 6 Dominic Thiem vs. Bernard Tomic
    No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov vs. Stephane Robert
    No. 16 Lucas Pouille vs. Julien Benneteau
    No. 19 Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Marius Copil
    No. 20 Pablo Carreno usta vs. Florian Mayer
    No. 23 Ivo Karlovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
    No. 25 Steve Johnson vs. Yuichi Sugita
    No. 26 Gilles Muller vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

    Day 2, Monday, May 29

    First round play

    Day 3, Tuesday, May 30

    First round play

    Day 4, Wednesday, May 31

    Second round play

    Day 4, Thursday, June 1

    Second round play

    Day 5, Friday, June 2

    Third round play

    Day 6, Saturday, June 3

    Third round play

    Day 7, Sunday, June 4

    Round of 16

    Day 8, Monday, June 5

    Round of 16

    Day 9, Tuesday, June 6


    Day 10, Wednesday, June 7


    Day 11, Thursday, June 8

    Women’s semifinals

    Day 12, Friday, June 9

    Men’s semifinals

    Day 13, Saturday, June 10

    Women’s final

    Day 14, Sunday, June 11

    Men’s final

  • David Stern Says Mitch Kupchak Kept Lakers from Making 2011 Chris Paul Trade

    Not content to let sleeping dogs lie, former NBA commissioner David Stern rehashed the scuttled trade that saw Chris Paul nearly join the Los Angeles Lakers.

    During the May 19 edition of the Nunyo & Company podcast (h/t Harrison Faigen of SB Nation), Stern blamed former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak for the team failing to land Paul:

    And in fact, in the course of the weekend, we thought we could re-do the deal. We really thought that Houston would be ready to part with Kyle Lowry; and we had a trade lined up for [Lamar] Odom that would have gotten us a good first-round draft pick. Not we, but my basketball folks. But [Kupchack] at the time panicked, and moved Odom to Dallas. So the piece wasn’t even there for us to play with at the time. So that was it—just about what was good for the then New Orleans Hornets.

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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