DRDO hands over its prod­ucts to In­dian Army


The De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) handed over three of its prod­ucts for in­duc­tion into the In­dian Army in a for­mal function here re­cently. The prod­ucts — Weapon Lo­cat­ing Radar (WLR) Swathi; NBC Recce Ve­hi­cle and NBC Drugs. De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar handed over the prod­ucts to the Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat on be­half of DRDO.

The De­fence Min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated DRDO for the se­ries of re­cent tri­als in­clud­ing the in­ter­cep­tor mis­siles. He com­pli­mented DRDO sci­en­tists for hand­ing over equip­ment to the In­dian Army. Par­rikar said that DRDO, de­fence forces, PSUs and pri­vate sec­tor in­dus­try’s part­ner­ship can be a game changer in the near fu­ture.

Gen­eral Bipin Rawat af­ter re­ceiv­ing the prod­ucts com­pli­mented the DRDO for achiev­ing an­other mile­stone in their con­tin­u­ing suc­cess sto­ries. He was op­ti­mistic that at this speed, mod­erni­sa­tion of the In­dian Army would move at a much faster pace.

The DRDO Chair­man and Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D Dr S. Christopher said: “Af­ter Navy and Air Force, time has now come to han­dover our prod­ucts to the Army and it is a proud mo­ment for all sci­en­tists in DRDO”. He stressed that the co-de­vel­op­ment ap­proach of in­volv­ing DRDO, user and the in­dus­try would speed up projects.

DRDO has been de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of prod­ucts for the In­dian Army in sup­port of their field oper­a­tions and wel­fare of sol­diers on ground. Many of these prod­ucts have been in­ducted and are presently op­er­a­tional in field units. In 2016, the Weapon Lo­cat­ing Radar, NBC Recce Ve­hi­cle and a set of NBC Drugs had been suc­cess­fully tested af­ter ex­ten­sive eval­u­a­tion by com­pe­tent eval­u­a­tion teams/bod­ies.

Weapon Lo­cat­ing Radar Swathi, de­vel­oped by DRDO’s Elec­tron­ics & Radar De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (LRDE), pro­vides fast, au­to­matic and ac­cu­rate lo­ca­tion of all en­emy weapons like mor­tars, shells and rock­ets fir­ing within its ef­fec­tive zone of cov­er­age and si­mul­ta­ne­ously han­dles mul­ti­ple pro­jec­tiles fired from dif­fer­ent weapons at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. The sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of ad­just­ing the fire of our own ar­tillery weapon also. The weapon in­cludes 81mm or higher cal­i­bre mor­tars, 105mm or higher cal­i­bre shells and 120mm or higher cal­i­bre free fly­ing rock­ets. Thus WLR has two roles to per­form, i.e. Weapon Lo­ca­tion Mode for En­emy Ar­tillery and Di­rec­tion of Own Ar­tillery Fire (DOOAF) Mode for our own Ar­tillery.

The NBC Recce Ve­hi­cle MkI is de­vel­oped by the Ve­hi­cles Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (VRDE) for car­ry­ing out post event recce of nu­clear, bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal con­tam­i­nated ar­eas. It is ca­pa­ble of col­lect­ing solid and liq­uid sam­ples of bi­o­log­i­cally con­tam­i­nated ar­eas, mark the nu­clear and chem­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion zone and trans­fer the recce data speed­ily to sup­port for­ma­tions. On suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of NBC RV MkI in as­so­ci­a­tion with DL, Jodh­pur, the equip­ment was ap­proved for in­duc­tion into the Ser­vices.

DRDO’s INMAS is ac­tively en­gaged in re­search in the field of ra­dio pro­tec­tors, de-cor­po­rat­ing agents and an­ti­dotes for chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear (CBRN) emer­gen­cies, com­bat casualty care and other life-sav­ing drugs. INMAS has car­ried out ex­ten­sive re­search and lab­o­ra­tory tri­als in the past two decades to de­velop for­mu­la­tions for use as an­ti­dotes and de-cor­po­rat­ing agents for CBRN emer­gen­cies. Out of the sev­eral for­mu­las de­vel­oped by INMAS, 15 drugs have been iden­ti­fied for in­duc­tion.

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