DRDO HEAVY DROP SYSTEM FOR INDIAN ARMY
The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a 16-tonne capacity heavy drop system (HDS) to enhance the Indian army’s ability to airdrop military stores, including vehicles, supplies and ammunition. Developed by DRDO’s Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), three system prototypes have also met performance parameters during two successful drops at an undisclosed location. Primarily designed for paradropping of military vehicles, including BMP class and ammunition trolleys from IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft, the system is claimed to be an extension of technology developed by DRDO for P-7 HDS, the 7t capacity HDS already accepted by the Indian Army. Indian Defence Minister’s Scientific Advisor and Department of Defence R&D Secretary, Avinash Chander, said the system offers ‘drop and drive’ capability and once inducted, would considerably enhance the capabilities of armed forces.