De­fence Min­is­ter hands over Maa­reech to the In­dian Navy


De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar ded­i­cated to the na­tion the ‘Sea­keep­ing and Ma­noeu­vring Basin (SMB)’ dur­ing a func­tion held at the Naval Science and Tech­no­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory (NSTL), Visakha­p­at­nam, on Novem­ber 14, 2015. Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, and Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of De­fence R&D and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of DRDO Dr S. Christopher were also present at the cer­e­money. The Min­is­ter also handed over Maa­reech— ad­vanced tor­pedo de­fence sys­tem de­vel­oped by the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) to the In­dian Navy.

Set up as a joint ef­fort of DRDO and the In­dian Navy, SMB fa­cil­ity is one of its kind in the coun­try. The fa­cil­ity puts In­dia among the few na­tions in the world hav­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take com­pre­hen­sive hy­dro­dy­namic model test­ing of naval plat­forms and weapon sys­tems. SMB would help to de­sign and build state-of-the-art naval com­bat­ants such as sub­marines, ships, tor­pe­does, etc.

Maa­reech, a joint project of the Naval Phys­i­cal and Oceano­graphic Lab­o­ra­tory (NPOL), Kochi, and NSTL Visakha­p­at­nam is a state-of-the-art in­dige­nous sys­tem for tor­pedo de­tec­tion and coun­ter­mea­sures. This sys­tem of­fers a com­plete so­lu­tion to de­tect and lo­cate the in­com­ing tor­pedo and to ap­ply coun­ter­mea­sures to pro­tect naval plat­form against tor­pedo at­tack. Two pro­duc­tion grade Maa­reech sys­tems have been de­vel­oped and user eval­u­a­tion tri­als com­pleted on­board two In­dian Navy ships.

Com­ple­ment­ing the vi­tal role of DRDO to­wards self-reliance and pro­mot­ing ‘Make in In­dia’ ef­forts, the De­fence Min­is­ter said the de­vel­op­ment of com­plex sys­tem – Maa­reech—is an ex­cel­lent model of syn­ergy be­tween DRDO, In­dian Navy, pub­lic and pri­vate in­dus­tries, demon­strat­ing yet an­other mile­stone in ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme.

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