India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 31 Mar 2016 21:15

Smart Anti Air Field Weapon (SAAW):
SAAW is long-range, stand-off, precision airto-
surface weapon (125 kg class) capable
of engaging ground targets for launch from
Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircrafts. All subsystems
are in final stages of realisation/
testing. Aerodynamic studies and Phase I
Wind tunnel testing has been completed.
Trial was conducted at Rail Track Rocket
Sled (RTRS) test facility, TBRL Ramgarh to
evaluate the ‘wing opening mechanism’ of
SAAW in September 2015.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Gyan » 31 Mar 2016 21:16

Somebody explain this para of the report:-

New Family of Munitions: Six types of
munitions are being designed and developed
by DRDO viz. Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Parth,
Prachand and Ulka to improve the existing
munitions and enhance its performance. User
Assisted Technical Trials (UATT) of Soft Target
Blast Munition ‘NIPUN’ has been completed
and the system has been offered for User
trials. Lethality trials with new main body
assembly and desert trials of Anti-Tank Point
Attack Munition ‘VIBHAV’ have been carried
out. Dynamic trials with BMP/ AFV, explosive
train trials and desert trials of Anti-Tank Bar
Munition ‘VISHAL’ have been conducted
successfully. Moulding trials of Jumping
Fragmentation Munition ‘ULKA’ is under
progress. User demo trials of Directional
Fragmentation Module ‘PARTH’ have been
completed and field trials are in progress.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 31 Mar 2016 21:20

During the year, DAC approvals has been
accorded for six BrahMos systems and 89
missiles for Delhi and Talwar Class ships;
Telemedicine for Indian Navy; additional
7 squadrons (14 firing units) of indigenous
Akash Missile System for IAF; design and
development of trawl equipment by DRDO for
T-72/ T-90 tanks and Samyukta Obsolescence
Management for Indian Army.


...

So 15 Akash squadrons. And DDM scumbags were yelling about Akash.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby ramana » 31 Mar 2016 23:11

Gyan wrote:Somebody explain this para of the report:-

New Family of Munitions: Six types of
munitions are being designed and developed
by DRDO viz. Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Parth,
Prachand and Ulka to improve the existing
munitions and enhance its performance
. User
Assisted Technical Trials (UATT) of Soft Target
Blast Munition ‘NIPUN’
has been completed
and the system has been offered for User
trials. Lethality trials with new main body
assembly and desert trials of Anti-Tank Point
Attack Munition ‘VIBHAV’
have been carried
out. Dynamic trials with BMP/ AFV, explosive
train trials and desert trials of Anti-Tank Bar
Munition ‘VISHAL’
have been conducted
successfully. Moulding trials of Jumping
Fragmentation Munition ‘ULKA’
is under
progress. User demo trials of Directional
Fragmentation Module ‘PARTH’
have been
completed and field trials are in progress.


There highlighted the descriptions of the six new types of munitions. The descriptions give their intended use and the sentences give status.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby ramana » 31 Mar 2016 23:12

Karan M wrote:Smart Anti Air Field Weapon (SAAW):
SAAW is long-range, stand-off, precision air to-
surface weapon (125 kg class) capable
of engaging ground targets for launch from
Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircrafts.
All subsystems
are in final stages of realisation/
testing. Aerodynamic studies and Phase I
Wind tunnel testing has been completed.
Trial was conducted at Rail Track Rocket
Sled (RTRS) test facility, TBRL Ramgarh to
evaluate the ‘wing opening mechanism’ of
SAAW in September 2015.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Aditya G » 31 Mar 2016 23:56

^ sounds like the PGM developed inhouse by IAF

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 01:53

Third Generation Helicopter Launch Anti-
Tank Guided Missile ‘Helina’: Helina is a 3rd
generation helicopter lauch anti-tank guided
missile with 7 km lock-on-before-launch
(LOBL) range capability with imaging infra-red
(IIR) for integration on ALH-WSI. Programme
‘Helina’ had successfully established the
safe separation from ALH and programmed
control performance over full range during
earlier flight campaigns. Flight test campaign
of ‘Helina’ was conducted in July 2015 at
Chandan, Rajasthan wherein three missiles
were test fired from ALH-WSI. During the
flight trials, the complete Helina weapon
system performance was successfully proven.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 01:54

Glide Bomb: DRDO has indigenously
developed 1000 kg glide bombs. Non-winged
version of guided bomb has a range of 30
km and winged version of this weapon has a
100 km range. Trials of both the bombs wereconducted successfully during 2015. Both
versions are now being integrated for carriage
and drop trials.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 01:59

Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV
‘Rustom’:
Rustom-1 is a surveillance and
recce UAV designed to operate up to 15,000
ft above mean sea level altitude (AMSL)
with an endurance of 12 hours from takeoff
to landing. Maiden flight of R1-2 (i.e.
second Rustom-I aircraft) was carried out on
June 12, 2015. During the year, 15 flights of
Rustom-1 were carried out. Rustom-II is being
designed to operate up to 30,000 ft AMSL
with an endurance of 24 hours from takeoff
to landing with synthetic aperture radar
and long range electro-optic payloads. It is
designed to perform intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance missions for Indian Army,
Indian Navy and IAF. Ground vibration tests
(GVT) and structural coupling test Phase-1
(SCT-1) has been completed for AF3. System
AEW&C System
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integration on AF3 has been completed. First
developmental flight of Rustom-II is scheduled
for mid-2016.
UAVs ‘Nishant’ and ‘Panchi’: ‘Nishant’ is
a battlefield surveillance system launched
using a mobile hydro pneumatic launcher
and at the end of the mission the aerial
vehicle is recovered using parachute.
During the year, training and technical
support for Army was provided for 10
flights in three campaigns. ‘Panchi’ offers
all the capabilities of UAV ‘Nishant’ already
inducted with enhanced endurance. The
system also offers conventional take-off
and landing capability. Five high speed taxi
trials of ‘Panchi’ were carried out in June
2015. Two flight trials were conducted with
GPA assembly and enhanced power supply
in July 2015.

traffic control and enhancing the operational
range of UAV’s by providing communication
relay, airborne and sea shore applications.
The system has completed 14 hrs endurance
testing at 1.0 km altitude. Demonstration
of the system for 14 hrs endurance at 1 km
altitude will be done at IAF base.

Heavy Drop System (HDS): A 16 ton capacity
HDS consisting of a platform and a highly
advanced system of parachutes to drop
loads consisting of military stores such as
vehicles (including BMP class), supplies and
ammunition from IL-76 heavy lift aircraft has
been designed developed and demonstrated.
The system is an extension of technology
developed by DRDO for ‘P-7 HDS’, the
seven ton capacity HDS developed earlier
and already accepted by Indian Army for
induction. During this year, maiden high
altitude HDS trial was successfully carried
out in April 2015 at Leh which demonstrated
a unique capability of dropping heavy
payload in high altitude for the first time in
India. Before this trial, DRDO successfully
completed performance evaluation by
conducting 5 User Assisted Technical Trials
(UATTs) including one high altitude (HA)
simulated trial at Rajasthan in February
2015.

‘Agni’ Missile Series: The maiden canisterised
trial of India’s first intercontinental ballistic
missile (ICBM) Agni-5 was successfully carried
out meeting all mission objectives for its full
range from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Wheeler
Island off the Odisha coast on January 31,
2015. Successful flight tests of Agni-4 on
November 9, 2015, Agni-3 on April 16, 2015
and Agni-1 on November 27, 2015 were
carried out from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island
test range.

Medium Size Aerostat Surveillance System
‘Nakshatra’: ‘Nakshatra’ is an integrated
medium size aerostat surveillance system for
surveillance, communications broadcasting,
airborne early warning & detection of low
flying aircrafts & missiles, monitoring air
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Surface-to-Surface Missile ‘Prithvi’: Prithvi-
II surface-to-surface missile which has a
strike range up to 350 km was successfully
test fired in February 2015 and November
2015 as part of User trials from Integrated
Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
Ship Launched Ballistic Missile ‘Dhanush’:
Ship launched ballistic missile ‘Dhanush’
having a strike range 350 km was successfully
test fired in April 2015 and November 2015.
Dhanush, a naval variant of Prithvi missile has
already been inducted into the Armed Forces
and is under production.

Surface-to-Air Missile ‘Akash’: The
medium range (25 km) surface-to-air missile
‘Akash’ is a very potent supersonic mobile
multi-directional multi-target point/area air
defence system and can engage several air
targets simultaneously using sophisticated
multi-function phased array and surveillance
radars in fully autonomous mode. Missiles
and missile related equipments are
produced by Bharat Dynamic Limited
(BDL), Hyderabad. Radars and radar related
equipments for both (IAF and Indian Army)
orders are produced by Bharat Electronics
Limited (BEL), Bengaluru. Indigenous
development of the system has given
impetus to the Defence industrial base in
the country and generated business of more
than ` 20,000 Crore ‘Akash’ weapon system
has been dedicated to Indian Army on May
5, 2015 and to the Indian Air Force on July
10, 2015 by Raksha Mantri.

Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM):
LRSAM having a range of 70 km is a joint
development programme of DRDO, Indian
Navy and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),
Israel. The missiles are intended to equip the
three guided missile destroyers of the Indian
Navy. During the year, Factory Acceptance
Test (FAT) of Weapon Control System (WCS)
and Multi-Functional Surveillance Threat
Alert Radar (MFSTAR) for 3rd ship has been
completed. LRSAM was successfully flight
tested from the Israel Naval platform against
a jet powered drone for the first time on
November 26, 2015. Two operational flight
tests were conducted from the Indian Navy
Ship ‘INS Kolkata’ on December 29-30,
2015.

Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile
(MRSAM): MRSAM having a range of 70
km is a joint development programme of
DRDO, IAF and IAI, Israel. During the year,
Radar Cooling Unit (LRCU) AT unit 103
was delivered in Israel and integrated with
Long Range Detection and Tracking Radar
(LBMFSTAR). Acceptance testing (AT) of
Identification Friend or Foe (IFF - 3rd unit)
was completed and the equipment was
successfully integrated in Israel. The missile
system is expected to be ready for flight trials
in 2016.

Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile
‘Astra’: Beyond visual range air-to-air missile
‘Astra’ (60 km) possessing high single shot
kill probability making it highly reliable is
being developed by DRDO to engage and
destroy highly maneuvering supersonic aerial
targets. The missile incorporates many unique
features like active radar terminal guidance,
excellent electronic counter-counter measure
(ECCM) features, smokeless propulsion and
process improved effectiveness. ‘Astra’ was
successfully launched from Su-30 fighter
aircraft on March 18, 2015 at ITR Chandipur,
Odisha to evaluate high manoeuvring
capability against a simulated target. The
second launch was undertaken on March
19, 2015 from Su-30 fighter aircraft against
a pilot-less target aircraft (PTA) target. The
performance of the missile systems have been
validated during these two launches. Three
air-launched guided flights were successfully
tested from Su-30 MKI in May 2015, meeting
all the mission requirements. ‘Astra’ has
completed 8 air-launch trials from Su-30 MKI
till date proving safe separation, control and
guidance in full configuration.

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile
(QRSAM): QRSAM weapon system is capable
of search on move, track on move and fire on
short halts while engaging multiple targets
at ranges of about 30 km with two vehicle
configuration for Area Air Defence. System
design has been completed and most of the
sub-systems including X-Band Quad Transmit
Receive Modules (QTRMs), Two Way Data
Link (TWDL) onboard segment etc. are under
realization. Missile configuration has been
finalized.

New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile
(NGARM): DRDO is involved in the design
and development of NGARM having a
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range of 100 km. AKU-58 launcher after
suitable modification will be used for
missile integration on Su-30 MKI aircraft.
Some of the major achievements of the
project include: wind tunnel testing for force
and moment characterization of NGARM
configuration, static firing of Pulse-I rocket
motor for evaluation of motor performance at
nominal sea level conditions and mechanical
integration trials on Su-30 MKI aircraft using
a geometric NGARM missile at IAF Station,
Pune. Captive flight trials are planned for early
2016.

Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile
(MPATGM): The project was sanctioned
in January 2015 towards design and
development of MPATGM system
comprising of 3rd generation anti-tank guided
missile with launch tube, and launcher with
command launch unit. During the year,
design configuration has been finalized
and reviewed. Eight static tests of rocket
motor were conducted to achieve consistent
ballistic performance. Control flight tests are
scheduled in first half of 2016.

Third Generation Helicopter Launch Anti-
Tank Guided Missile ‘Helina’:
Helina is a 3rd
generation helicopter lauch anti-tank guided
missile with 7 km lock-on-before-launch
(LOBL) range capability with imaging infra-red
(IIR) for integration on ALH-WSI. Programme
‘Helina’ had successfully established the
safe separation from ALH and programmed
control performance over full range during
earlier flight campaigns. Flight test campaign
of ‘Helina’ was conducted in July 2015 at
Chandan, Rajasthan wherein three missiles
were test fired from ALH-WSI. During the
flight trials, the complete Helina weapon
system performance was successfully proven.

3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile
‘Nag’ (PROSPINA): ‘Nag’ having an operation
range of 4 Km is a 3rd generation anti-tank
missile (ATM) with ‘Fire & Forget’ and ‘Top
Attack’ capabilities, which can be used in
day and night. It is deployed on a specially
modified Infantry Command Vehicle (ICV)
BMP-2 vehicle called ‘NAMICA’. HOT test of
‘NAG’ and functional testing of safety arming
mechanism in flight configuration were
completed in October 2015.

Smart Anti Air Field Weapon (SAAW):
SAAW is long-range, stand-off, precision airto-
surface weapon (125 kg class) capable
of engaging ground targets for launch from
Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircrafts. All subsystems
are in final stages of realisation/
testing. Aerodynamic studies and Phase I
Wind tunnel testing has been completed.
Trial was conducted at Rail Track Rocket
Sled (RTRS) test facility, TBRL Ramgarh to
evaluate the ‘wing opening mechanism’ of
SAAW in September 2015.

Glide Bomb: DRDO has indigenously
developed 1000 kg glide bombs. Non-winged
version of guided bomb has a range of 30
km and winged version of this weapon has a
100 km range. Trials of both the bombs were
ASB Glide
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conducted successfully during 2015. Both
versions are now being integrated for carriage
and drop trials.

Supersonic Cruise Missile ‘BrahMos’:
BrahMos is a two-stage missile with a solid
propellant booster engine as its first stage
and liquid ramjet as the second stage. The
missile has flight range of up to 290 km
with supersonic speed all through the flight,
leading to shorter flight time, consequently
ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker
engagement time and non-interception by
any known weapon system in the world.
The trial of ‘BrahMos’ was successfully
carried out on February 14, 2015. It was
also successfully test fired on November 1,
2015 for the first time from the Indian Navy’s
stealth destroyer INS Kochi. Two successive
tests of an advanced version of ‘BrahMos’
supersonic land attack cruise missile (LACM)
which has ‘steep dive capabilities’ to take
out hidden targets behind mountain ranges
were successfully conducted from a mobile
autonomous launcher for its full range of
290 Kms on May 8 and 9, 2015. Another
successful test of the LACM was conducted
on November 7, 2015 against a designated
target at Pokhran test range at Rajasthan.
Sub-sonic Cruise Missile ‘Nirbhay’: Nirbhay
is India’s first indigenously designed and
developed long range sub-sonic cruise
missile having 1000 km range and capable
of carrying up to 300 kg warheads. It is
a two stage surface-to-surface missiles.
The system incorporates the ring laser
gyroscope based inertial navigation system
(RINS-16) as primary navigation and MEMS
based inertial navigation system (MINGS)
as secondary navigation system. ‘Nirbhay’
ground launch-03 (NGL-03) was conducted
on October 16, 2015. All critical operations
viz. booster ignition, booster separation,
wing deployment and engine start were
successfully executed and the missile
reached the desired altitude.

Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System
(ATAGS): DRDO has taken up the task of
design and development of 155 mm/52
Cal ATAGS having higher accuracy and
consistency for Artillery of Indian Army.
ATAGS sub-system hardware is under
realization with different private industries
as well as Ordnance Factories. Proof of first
ATAGS gun barrel realized from Bharat Forge,
Pune and muzzle brake realized from OFC,
Kanpur was successfully conducted at CPE,
Itarsi, Taku Range, during June 2015. The third
Gun Barrel has been received from Bharat
Forge, Pune. Factory Acceptance Test for first
recoil system from Mahindra Naval Defence
System has been completed. Integration of
BrahMos launch from INS Kochi Fixed Firing Stand (FFS) is in progress.
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New Family of Munitions: Six types of
munitions are being designed and developed
by DRDO viz. Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Parth,
Prachand and Ulka to improve the existing
munitions and enhance its performance. User
Assisted Technical Trials (UATT) of Soft Target
Blast Munition ‘NIPUN’ has been completed
and the system has been offered for User
trials. Lethality trials with new main body
assembly and desert trials of Anti-Tank Point
Attack Munition ‘VIBHAV’ have been carried
out. Dynamic trials with BMP/ AFV, explosive
train trials and desert trials of Anti-Tank Bar
Munition ‘VISHAL’ have been conducted
successfully. Moulding trials of Jumping
Fragmentation Munition ‘ULKA’ is under
progress. User demo trials of Directional
Fragmentation Module ‘PARTH’ have been
completed and field trials are in progress.

Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System
(MBRLS) ‘Pinaka’: MBRLS ‘Pinaka’ is an all
weather, indirect fire, free flight artillery rocket
system. Following induction of two regiments
of Pinaka Mk-I with a range of 37 km into the
Indian Army, DRDO has taken the design and
development of Pinaka Mk-II rocket having an
enhanced range of 60 km. The technical trials
of MBRLS ‘Pinaka’ Mk-II were successfully
conducted at PFFR during May 2015 for
assessment of range performance, accuracy
and consistency. Dynamic proof trials of
Pinaka were conducted during October
2015.

Main Battle Tank (MBT) ‘Arjun’ Mk-II: MBT
Arjun Mk-II has been designed and developed
incorporating 84 improvements (73 tank fitable)
on MBT Arjun Mk-I. Out of these 19 (15
tank fit-able) have been identified as major
improvements and some of these include,
missile firing through main gun, increased
ammunition penetration, incorporation of
explosive reactive armour (ERA) panels,
advance land navigation system (ALNS),
automotive target tracking (ATT) Gunner’s
Main Sight, advanced running gear system
(ARGS) etc. MBT Arjun Mk-II P1 tank trials for
DRDO were also conducted during September
2015 at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges (PFFR)
for the 19 improvements. Automotive trials of
integrated automotive vetronics system (IAVS)
integrated in MBT Arjun were successfully
carried out for 330 km at Mahajan Field Firing
Ranges (MFFR), Rajasthan during August
2015, and its performance was validated
under harsh environmental conditions.
MBT Arjun

130 mm (SP) Catapult Gun System on MBT
Arjun Chassis:
DRDO is involved in design
and development of catapult gun system by
integrating the Russian 130 mm gun system
on MBT Arjun chassis and automotive system.
The system is designed to provide artillery
guns, matching mobility with contemporary
tanks in the battlefield. After the completion
of the internal trials, Arjun Catapult vehicle
was handed over for User trials on August 25,
2015.
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Land Based Prototype for Air Independent
Propulsion (AIP) System:
The project aims to
package the AIP plant sub-systems, reactant
tanks and waste tanks inside the simulated
hull section of the P-75 submarine. The system
has in-situ provisioning of hydrogen through
hydrolysis of borohydride and oxygen through
liquid oxygen. Pre-Production Floor Model
(PPFM) has been tested and hull simulated
model is under testing. Hydrogen generator,
phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) stacks for
land based prototype and power conditioner
system has been realized

Advanced Light Weight Torpedo (ALWT):
ALWT is an anti-submarine torpedo launched
from ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.
ALWT has dual speed capability and an
endurance of 25 km at low speed (25 knots)
and 12 km at high speed (50 knots). The
development of 60 kW and 105 kW BLDC
motors are completed and the 120 kW
battery is in the final stage of development.
Warhead has been designed, developed and
demonstrated. Post recovery checks on ALWT
carrier for Balwanka firing are completed.
Heavy Weight Ship Launched Torpedo
‘Varunastra’: ‘Varunastra’ is a ship launched
anti-submarine torpedo having low drift
130 mm SP Catapult Gun


Wheeled Armour Platform (WHAP):
WHAP
is a multi-utility armoured platform with
modular design, configurable for variety of
combat and combat support roles up to 26
ton GVV. It is powered with a high power
diesel engine and is equipped with 8X8
driveline with independent suspension. Two
technology demonstrator prototypes of WHAP
are under development; one will be integrated
with 30 mm turret system and second will be
integrated with remote controlled weapon
system (RCWS). During the year, ballistic and
automotive trials have been carried out and
1st armour platform is under integration.

46m Military Load Class (MLC-70) Modular
Bridge: 46m MLC-70 modular bridge is a
single span, mechanically launched assault
bridge of military load class 70, modular in
construction used to negotiate the gaps up to
46 m. The complete system has been realized
and the bridge superstructure, launching
nose and bank seat beams (BSBs) have
been tested successfully under simulated
loads. First prototype has been realized after
modification of required launch time of 90
minutes. ‘

Advance Light Towed Array Sonar (ALTAS):
ALTAS is an efficient sensing system for
detection, localization and classification of
submarines operating especially in the below
layer ocean conditions. Sheave positioning
system installation has commenced onboard
the trial ship. Technical trials of ALTAS were
conducted onboard the trial ship in the
months of January 2015 and February 2015.
Five technical trials have been completed till
date.

Integrated Coastal Surveillance System
(ICSS): ICSS provides a coastal monitoring
solution for early detection, location and
monitoring of small unregistered/ suspicious
surface vessels in a controlled area as
well as small submerged objects at harbor
mouths. The stations are established at
Kochi and Balasore for ‘Proof of Concept’
demonstrations. During the year, integrated
testing of Electro-Optic Systems (EOS) from
local control station has been conducted.
Second unit of coastal surveillance radar
(CSR) for ICSS has been tested and cleared
for integration.

EW Systems ‘Samudrika’ for Capital Ships,
Aircrafts and Helicopters for Indian Navy:

DRDO has taken up the development of a
family of seven EW systems. The ship-borne
systems include EW Suite ‘Shakti’, COMINT
‘Nayan’ and ESM ‘Tushar’. The air-borne
systems include COMINT ‘Sarvadhari’, ESM
‘Sarang’ & ‘Sarakshi’ and ESM & COMINT
‘Nikash’. Design of each of the above
mentioned products has been completed
navigational systems, acoustic homing,
advanced acoustic counter-counter measure
features, autonomous guidance algorithms,
insensitive munitions warhead and GPS based
recovery aid for practice torpedo.
NSTL and Indian Navy with joint efforts
have conducted a total of 130 technical
trials till date to evaluate the weapon in
all aspects of its capabilities. A total of 14
User trials including trials in the months of
January 2015 and March 2015 with different
scenarios have also been completed. Final
sentencing of Varunastra UETs meeting was
held in September 2015. Varunastra has been
accepted by IHQ MoD (Navy) for induction
into Services with excellent success rate in
UETs.

Advanced Torpedo Defence System
‘Maareech’: ‘Maareech’ is an advance
torpedo defence system capable of detecting,
tracking, seducing incoming modern and
vintage torpedoes. It has a maximum towing
speed of 32 knots and 10-24 knots tactical
operating speed. User Evaluation Trials
(UETs) were carried out in the months of
February 2015 and April 2015 and with this
all the UETs were successfully completed.
The system was handed over to Indian Navy
by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on November 14,
2015.

Anti Torpedo Decoy Systems (MOHINI):
DRDO is involved in the development
of mobile decoy, rocket launched decoy,
submarine fired decoy, integrated ship
launcher for launching mobile decoy and
rocket launched decoy and system evaluation
software for escape tactics simulator studies.
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and hardware is under realization. M/s BEL
will be the prime production agency for the
production of EW systems. During the year,
lab evaluation of Nayan System (COMINT)
was successfully carried out with Users during
February 2015.

Internal Radar Warning Jammer (RWJ)
System for Jaguar Darin III upgrade Aircraft
(D-JAG System): Project DJAG, a state-ofart
internal RWJ system for Jaguar DARIN
III upgrade aircraft is under development
by DRDO. First prototype of core EW unit
(low power section) has been developed
and is under system integration. Technical
specifications of transmitters have been
finalized and development is in progress.
Aircraft modification is also in progress.
Internal EW System for MiG-29 Upgrade
Aircraft (D-29 System): DRDO has taken
up the development of the state-of-the-art
Internal Electronic Warfare Suite (UEWS)
with phase array based jamming capability.
Ground acceptance testing and preparation
towards flight evaluation of internal EW
system D-29 on board upgraded MiG-29
aircraft was completed in July 2015 for
commencement of flight trials. Limited flight
trials on MiG-29 have been carried out.

Integrated EW System for Mountainous
Terrain (Himshakti): Indian Army is in the
process of procurement of integrated EW
system for mountainous terrain (Himshakti)
under the category ‘Buy Indian (BEL)
with DRDO Design’. Third phase of field
evaluation and trials were conducted on 15
types of entities including narrow/ wide band
communication, radar segment etc. during
Novemer 2014. Technologies developed
for Communication and Radar Segments to
be deployed in mountainous terrain were
demonstrated to Army during May 28 to June
14, 2015 in Ladakh area. Configuration of
Himshakti with respect to number of vehicles
has been concluded.
‘Himshakti’

Medium Power Radar (MPR) ‘Arudhra’: MPR
(Arudhra) is a 4D active aperture rotating
multibeam multifunction phased array radar
MPR ‘Arudhra’
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with staring mode. It has an instrumented
range of 400 km. It is also provided with a
mode for detection and tracking of low RCS,
high speed and highly maneuvering targets.
All subsystems of primary and secondary
radar have been independently integrated
and tested. DRDO internal evaluation of
Medium Power Radar ‘Arudhra’ system was
completed with participation from User in
month of October 2015. The system is ready
to be offered for User trials.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): SAR with
ground moving target indicator (GMTI)
capability is an important sensor in UAV for
imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance.
It is capable of detecting slow moving target
such as armoured tanks, convoys, trucks etc.
During the year, the first successful trials of
SAR were carried out on Flying Test Bed
(Dornier aircraft).

Commander’s Non-panoramic Thermal
Sight: Transfer of Technology (ToT) for
production of Thermal Imaging (TI) based
Commander Sights for combat vehicles to
OFB and BEL has been cleared for Commander
TI Mk II sights for T-72, Commander TI
sights for T-90 and Commander TI sights
for BMP-II. Summer firing trials by the User
of the sights were completed during June
2015 for T-90, T-72 and BMP. User field
trials to evaluate surveillance capability of
the Commander’s Non-panoramic Thermal
Sight with LRF for T-90 were successfully
completed at Pokharan Field Firing Range
during September 8-11, 2015.

Software Defined Radio (SDR): Development
of SDR is being pursued by DRDO in a
consortium approach with CDAC and
WESEE as development partners and BEL
as the production partner. The project
objectives include design and development
of indigenous prototype SDR: SDR-Naval
Combat, SDR-Tactical, SDR-Manpack, SDRAirborne
and SDR-Handheld supporting
indigenous 9 waveforms and 4 legacy
waveforms. First User Evaluation Trial (UET)
was conducted successfully in month of April
2015. V/UHF non-MANET waveforms with
ECCM capability and UHF MANET waveform
in fixed frequency tested on SDR-Tactical
was demonstrated to Navy in Jun 2015. SDRAirborne
radios with AM/FM waveform were
handed over to BEL, Bangalore in Jul 2015 for
detailed performance testing and CEMILAC
certification. SDR-Manpack with improved
performance and heat management was
demonstrated to Army in August 2015.
Upgradation of Tropo Scatter Communication
System: Troposcatter communication
system communicates microwave
radio signals over considerable distance.
Trials of OFDM Tropo MODEM developed
by DRDO on the IAF Tropo Link between
Jodhpur and Jaisalmer were carried out in
July 2015. Two prototypes of OFDM Tropo
Modem were retained by IAF for long term
testing. User associated trials of OFDM
technology based modem for digital tropo
links have been conducted successfully in
September 2015.

Laser Target Projection System: Laser Target
Projection System will be used for target
illumination for training of pilots during
night time bombing operations. Technology
demonstration to IAF was done at weapons
range (Halwara) in July 2015 meeting the
preliminary requirements. The system was
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also tested successfully through live bombing
operation at the test range of IAF (Halwara).

Directed Energy Laser System: DRDO is
involved in the development of 10kW proofof-
concept directed energy system against
UAVs like target and establishment of critical
technologies of precision tracking/ pointing
and laser beam combination. Modules of kW
class beam directing optical systems and LRF
assisted auto focusing laser beam on to the
target was established and tested up to the
range of 0.8 km at CHESS, DRDO. The system
was demonstrated to Users at RTRS facility at
TBRL Ramgarh in September 2015.

Multi-Core based Network Processor
(AVADHANI): The scope of the project
includes development of multi-core based
network processor (AVADHANI) targeted
at intelligent networking, control plane
applications. It will support application
performance up to 10 Gbps and will have 8
cores optimized for networking applications
and will have high speed networking
I/Os along with advanced security and
applications specific hardware accelerations
to deliver high performance. Functional
verification of AVADHANI RTL in RTL
simulator environment has been completed.
Evaluation of AVADHANI RTL on emulator
platform is complete.

ANURAG Router (ANUROUTER): The
objective of the project is to design and
develop indigenous router using commercial
multicore processor tile Gx16/36 and
indigenous AVADHANI processor. Router
system architecture design is complete and
partner has been identified for hardware
platform development.

Application Software and Security Solutions
for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and
Maritime Operational Knowledge system
(MOKS): Application software and security
solutions for maritime situational awareness
and arriving at common operational picture
have been developed. This application
software has been operationalised. The
security solution for the communication,
which is graded, has been transferred to
production agency for production.
Technologies and Tools for Analysis of
Cryptosystems (Sankalan): DRDO had
taken a project to develop techniques to
detect weaknesses due to domain specific
features, inherent properties of the algorithm
or improper usage of system and exploit
them for cryptanalysis. The project has been
successfully closed this year after completion
of three independent modules: (i) Delivery
of regional language toolkit for six Indian
languages for automatically identifying and
solving classical cryptosystems (ii) Delivery
of a library for general cryptanalytical attacks/
tools on FPGA/cluster platform for modern
day steam and block ciphers (iii) Delivery of
tools for security analysis of cryptographic
protocols

Qualification and Certification of DMR-
249 Grade Steels: The main objective of
the project is qualification and certification
of DMR-249 grade steels – plates, bulb
bars and weld consumables. DMR-249
grade steels (used in INS Vikrant) are
being productionised through SAIL and
other agencies (over 60,000 MT supplied
to shipyards). During the year, DMR-249A
steel plates of different thickness viz. 20mm,
90
40mm and 16mm have been supplied by
SAIL. Welding, specimen making and testing
is in progress at L&T.

Consultancy for AB3 Steel and Establishment
of Indigenous Production: The scope
of the project includes: Development &
delivery of documents, development &
delivery of adapted production flowsheets
and consultancy during production &
evaluation of experimental batch of products
& for fabrication of welded joints. Various
possible options for productions of plates
were developed in consultation with Russian
experts during the year 2014 and 2015.
Work is in progress for development of
overall technological instructions (OTIs)
for manufacture of bulb bars. Detailed
discussions were conducted towards
development of draft OTI for production of
AB3 grade steel plates and heavy forgings
(weight >15T).

Bullet Proof Jacket: DRDO has taken a
project in August 2015 for the development of
prototype of bullet proof jacket (BPJ) in all three
sizes as per GSQR 1438 using different state
of art ballistic materials providing protection
against 7.62 AK47 (MSC and HSC), SLR, 9mm
SMC ammunitions. A total of 150 BPJs will be
provided for user trials. Special polymer has
been identified as a potential shock absorbing
material. Shock absorption configuration to
avoid radial cracks developing during drop
test (mechanical durability test) of front hard
armour panel (FHAP) has been addressed.
Fabrication of different parts of 12 numbers
of medium size BPJ’s is completed. Mould
fabrication of front HAP for medium size
jacket is under progress at France.

Indigenization of Microwave Chaff for
Defence Application: The project aims at
indigenous development of chaff cartridges
to bridge technology gap in the area of chaff
technology. During the year, 25 nos. of chaff
cartridges have been assembled for LQT and
assembly of prototype chaff blooming facility
has been completed.

NBC Defence Technology: The Programme
on NBC Defence Technology (NAZAR)
was completed on March 16, 2015.
Significant outcome of the projects were the
development of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
(IMS) based chemical agent detector, NBC
individual protective equipment (including
NBC suit Mk-V, mask, gloves and overboot
Mk-II, NBC inflatable shelter, H1N1 kit
(Swine Flu), Multipurpose decontamination
system, NBC unmanned ground vehicle and
other products such as NBC mobile shelter,
personal decontamination kit, personal
decontamination apparatus, NBC first aid kit
type A and type B, NBC food packaging etc.

Computerized Pilot Selection System for IAF:
The project aimed to develop hardware and
software for CPSS consisting of psychomotor
and cognitive testing system and to develop
software for cognitive tests.

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 03:05

Akshay Kapoor - a lot for you and Deejay! And both of your good wishes have borne fruit in that a lot of this stuff is now headed to user trials and is not merely sitting as lab programs.

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 03:10

While Rajat Pandit and Pradip Sagar were b!tching about Akash, IAF ordered 7 more of the type. Lying b@stards both of them.

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Postby ramana » 01 Apr 2016 03:33

Karan M wrote:While Rajat Pandit and Pradip Sagar were b!tching about Akash, IAF ordered 7 more of the type. Lying b@stards both of them.



They took the lifafa and wrote what was demanded!!!

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Postby srai » 01 Apr 2016 03:57

ramana wrote:...
New Family of Munitions: Six types of
munitions are being designed and developed
by DRDO viz. Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Parth,
Prachand and Ulka to improve the existing
munitions and enhance its performance
. User
Assisted Technical Trials (UATT) of Soft Target
Blast Munition ‘NIPUN’
has been completed
and the system has been offered for User
trials. Lethality trials with new main body
assembly and desert trials of Anti-Tank Point
Attack Munition ‘VIBHAV’
have been carried
out. Dynamic trials with BMP/ AFV, explosive
train trials and desert trials of Anti-Tank Bar
Munition ‘VISHAL’
have been conducted
successfully. Moulding trials of Jumping
Fragmentation Munition ‘ULKA’
is under
progress. User demo trials of Directional
Fragmentation Module ‘PARTH’
have been
completed and field trials are in progress.


There highlighted the descriptions of the six new types of munitions. The descriptions give their intended use and the sentences give status.


Looks like these are sub-munitions intended to go into warheads of rockets, missiles and bombs.

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Postby srai » 01 Apr 2016 04:14

Karan M wrote:MOD Annual Report 2016 is out. Somebody please do the honors. Loads of good info!
...


Thanks for posting the relevant details. From the progress reports, it would seem in the next 5-years or so India would more or less have induct-able wide variety of indigenous aerial weapons. Far less need for imports. However, if foreign weapon platforms are bought, then there would be extra costs to get these indigenous weapons integrated and qualified, and it could take many years to do so. Currently, integrations are being done on one of these platforms: Su-30MKI, Jaguars and LCA. All the more reasons to go for more of these platforms and standardize the fleet (and their weapons) over the next decade.

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Postby deejay » 01 Apr 2016 07:05

Karan M wrote:Akshay Kapoor - a lot for you and Deejay! And both of your good wishes have borne fruit in that a lot of this stuff is now headed to user trials and is not merely sitting as lab programs.


Thanks Karan. I think the entire Forum will take some time assimilating all this. Lots of stuff. :D

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Postby shaun » 01 Apr 2016 08:23

Karan M wrote:Glide Bomb: DRDO has indigenously
developed 1000 kg glide bombs. Non-winged
version of guided bomb has a range of 30
km and winged version of this weapon has a
100 km range. Trials of both the bombs were conducted successfully during 2015. Both
versions are now being integrated for carriage
and drop trials.


Trials of both the bombs were conducted successfully without being integrated for carriage and drop trial !!!!
By trials , they meant to say wind trials ??

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Postby shaun » 01 Apr 2016 08:31

Karan M wrote:Third Generation Helicopter Launch Anti-
Tank Guided Missile ‘Helina’: Helina is a 3rd
generation helicopter lauch anti-tank guided
missile with 7 km lock-on-before-launch
(LOBL) range capability with imaging infra-red
(IIR) for integration on ALH-WSI. Programme
‘Helina’ had successfully established the
safe separation from ALH and programmed
control performance over full range during
earlier flight campaigns. Flight test campaign
of ‘Helina’ was conducted in July 2015 at
Chandan, Rajasthan wherein three missiles
were test fired from ALH-WSI. During the
flight trials, the complete Helina weapon
system performance was successfully proven.


"The evaluation trials were carried out for the anti-tank missile in the hot desert conditions. The trials were against both moving and static targets for different ranges till seven kilometres to evaluate the performance of an improved version of 'IIR seeker' for engaging and striking the target. The HeliNa has an extended strike range of about eight kilometres"

Out of the three test-fires, HeliNas hit the target twice.

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Postby member_22539 » 01 Apr 2016 10:20

Shaun wrote:Out of the three test-fires, HeliNas hit the target twice.


Where does it say that?

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 12:11

Thanks Karan,

I spent a couple of hours going through the whole report from MOD website last night. Then I spent another couple of hours glancing through previous years reports. Some depressing themes continue in all reports ( MOD structure, long winded procurement procedure with cases being processed ad infinitum, some parts of DPSUs, MES, Paraplegic centre funding , Ex Servicemen etc etc) but lots of good stuff this year from an R&D perspective.

- I am especially pleased with Varunastra being ready for induction and the progress made on ALTAS. We should start work on dunking sonars too.
- Good progress in radars as you have mentioned before. One question - isn't Ardhra an Israeli radar. Not that it matters if we can produce it much cheaper and induct it in numbers but whats the story here ?
- Glide bomb - can it be integrated on Tejas ? One Tejas carrying 2 glide bombs of 1000 kg each will can significantly increase strike radius. Basically its radius of action increases to 300 km in low low low strike mode covering all of Pakland till about 60/70 kms atleast and much deeper on average. How much does it cost ?

Good news on Pinaka 2. I really hope we fast track this and give more orders. In my opinion every Div should have atleast 1 battery.

I think you will see more Akash orders from IAF. There are over 50 bases to be protected.
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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 12:16

srai wrote:
Karan M wrote:MOD Annual Report 2016 is out. Somebody please do the honors. Loads of good info!
...


Thanks for posting the relevant details. From the progress reports, it would seem in the next 5-years or so India would more or less have induct-able wide variety of indigenous aerial weapons. Far less need for imports. However, if foreign weapon platforms are bought, then there would be extra costs to get these indigenous weapons integrated and qualified, and it could take many years to do so. Currently, integrations are being done on one of these platforms: Su-30MKI, Jaguars and LCA. All the more reasons to go for more of these platforms and standardize the fleet (and their weapons) over the next decade.


+ 1

Munitions was one area we were weak right from LGBs to low end bombs (in terms of indigenous production quality). We should accelarate munitions development with and start productioninsing in scale and lets please please please use Indian pvt sector. Bharat Forge had been asked to make some 70/80 k shells during Kargil as an emergency and delivered in record time but never got a repeat order.

Strong indigenous munitions capability and production can be a game changer in war fighting capability.

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 12:36

I don't see any news on NVGs and sights. If we can equip every infantry soldier (and some Sappers and Gunners too) with NVGs it will be a great filip to war fighting, morale and life saving at the cutting edge of the wedge.

NVGs/sights don't have to be uber complicated with lots of battery needs. Desi jugaad done by DRDO or pvt sector will be very welcome.

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 12:38

Karan M wrote:Akshay Kapoor - a lot for you and Deejay! And both of your good wishes have borne fruit in that a lot of this stuff is now headed to user trials and is not merely sitting as lab programs.


:)

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 13:47

- Good progress in radars as you have mentioned before. One question - isn't Ardhra an Israeli radar. Not that it matters if we can produce it much cheaper and induct it in numbers but whats the story here ?


Arudhra, is the Indian MPR.. its also the generic name of the MPR taken by the IAF for their Israeli MPRs.

Israeli MPR
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wwNcrM17T5k/T ... 774716.JPG

Indian MPR
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EQkI7Z9adIg/U ... +MPR-1.jpg

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 13:50

Akshay Kapoor wrote:I don't see any news on NVGs and sights. If we can equip every infantry soldier (and some Sappers and Gunners too) with NVGs it will be a great filip to war fighting, morale and life saving at the cutting edge of the wedge.

NVGs/sights don't have to be uber complicated with lots of battery needs. Desi jugaad done by DRDO or pvt sector will be very welcome.


Defexpo thread has the images.
The recent DAC or CCS order mentioned 4000 TIs with LRFs as well.

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 13:51

Thanks Karan. Are the radars very very similar in cost and capability ?

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 13:55

Karan M wrote:
Akshay Kapoor wrote:I don't see any news on NVGs and sights. If we can equip every infantry soldier (and some Sappers and Gunners too) with NVGs it will be a great filip to war fighting, morale and life saving at the cutting edge of the wedge.

NVGs/sights don't have to be uber complicated with lots of battery needs. Desi jugaad done by DRDO or pvt sector will be very welcome.


Defexpo thread has the images.
The recent DAC or CCS order mentioned 4000 TIs with LRFs as well.


Thats probably the hand held Thermal Imager. Very useful to detect infiltration at the LOC but we need NVGs for all troops too. Talking 3-4 lacs here.

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 15:20

Hi Akshay, yes, you are right. The NVGs are at present authorized in limited fashion (limited holdings per section per report I posted ), but there is a proposal to increase them. Good part is BEL now has a tie up with Photonis for tubes of the caliber IA needs.

Arudhra and EL/2084 (the Israeli one) are both MPRs with similar performance & capability. IAF has ordered some 18 from Israel and 8 from DRDO.

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Postby rohitvats » 01 Apr 2016 15:49

Akshay Kapoor wrote:<SNIP> I think you will see more Akash orders from IAF. There are over 50 bases to be protected.


If memory serves me right, IAF had/has 30 SAM Squadrons equipped with SA-3. These all will require replacement. at 15 Squadrons/30 batteries, it has already made provision for changing 50% of its SAM squadrons. That should take care of more vulnerable bases upfront. 2nd phase of change might be with Akash Mk2. As it is, 10 more squadrons of MR-SAM are to be procured by IAF.

Coupled with radars of varying kind (including Aerostat, AWACS, AEW&C and robust C3I infrastructure), we're building a very formidable AD network of overlapping radar and missile coverage.

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Postby Akshay Kapoor » 01 Apr 2016 16:43

Karan M wrote:Hi Akshay, yes, you are right. The NVGs are at present authorized in limited fashion (limited holdings per section per report I posted ), but there is a proposal to increase them. Good part is BEL now has a tie up with Photonis for tubes of the caliber IA needs.



Karan, would you mind reposting that report please. Much appreciated.

Akshay

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 17:48

Akshay,

http://www.claws.in/images/publication_ ... Edited.pdf

Whole report needs to be read. In particular, please see Gen VB Kapoors remarks on authorized holding of NVGs.
Also
http://www.claws.in/images/journals_doc ... %20War.pdf
http://defencesecurityindia.com/bel-man ... echnology/

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Postby Gyan » 01 Apr 2016 18:01

There is very very serious deficiency in our (infantry) night fighting capacity and it has to be corrected by issue of NVGs and Thermal Imagers on super massive scale. Not only Army but our Airfield Defence Forces, Para Military, Central Police Forces need massive infusion of night fighting capaicty on yesterday basis but what we get is import of Rs. 5000 crores of 155mm SPGs.

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 18:05

Also, see, in 2012:

It can act as a range-finder, camera, GPS and compass

The Army has placed orders worth Rs. 700 crore for a novel versatile device developed by the Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehra Dun. The Integrated Multi-Function Sight (IMFS) can be used for surveillance and speedy engagement of targets, among other functions.

The IRDE is a laboratory that comes under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Ravi Gupta, Director of Public Interface, DRDO, said the IMFS was an amalgam of a thermal imager, a laser range-finder, colour charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera, a global positioning system (GPS) and a digital magnetic compass.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/techno ... 091400.ece

With XR-5, this order will also go ahead. Significant doubt before that as to whether order of so many units at previous gne tech was good or not.
http://defencesecurityindia.com/night-vision-devices/

In India, two major collaborations worth mentioning are that of BEL with Photonis of France and that of Tata Power SED with Harder digital Gmbh of Germany. Photonis Night Vision is a world leader in design and manufacture of image intensifiers. It has provided Supergen (FOM 1250+) technology to BEL a couple of years back. Tata Power SED’s partner, Harder Digital Gmbh had acquired Serbian image intensifier manufacturing company Ei Sova and is now known as Harder digital Sova This company manufactures the complete range of image intensifier tubes from gen 1 to gen 3 and exports to 30 countries worldwide. The German government is said to have given clearance to Tata Power SED to import Gen 3 technology in to India as long as Indian Army does not pass it to others.

BEL has been given an order by Indian Army to supply 30,634 NVDs in March 2013. However, it is understood that the requirement of Indian Army itself is in thousands of NVDs, leaving aside other paramilitary and Police forces.

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Postby vasu raya » 01 Apr 2016 19:28

Glide Bomb: DRDO has indigenously
developed 1000 kg glide bombs. Non-winged
version of guided bomb has a range of 30
km and winged version of this weapon has a
100 km range. Trials of both the bombs were
ASB Glide
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conducted successfully during 2015. Both
versions are now being integrated for carriage
and drop trials.


May be they will go to the next level of adding rocket boosters to extend the range

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 23:19

^^ If they prove the basic design, why not.

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Postby Karan M » 01 Apr 2016 23:38

From a first hand view:

vcsekhar wrote:I read this report and thought that something was off in the reporting.
Earlier this month i had attended a DRDO vendor meet where they were asking for SME's to come forward to make parts for their missile projects. The numbers estimated for the Akash system are 30 per month presently and moving to 50-60 per month by the end of the year. It was also interesting to note that the cost of the actual missile is less than 20% of the cost of the systems.
There are multiple private companies that have been given responsibility for large sub-assembly production so that BDL can increase final assembly rates.


All of the currently missile systems LRSAM, MRSAM, AKASH etc are in going to be in full scale production very soon. The amount of work done by DRDO is just phenomenal and they have taken the right track of collaborating when required (not reinventing the wheel) and developing themselves when tech already exists.


uddu wrote:See how one buffoon puts out a propoganda piece and how the remaining monkeys are copying and pasting it.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/blo ... 70549.html

http://www.oneindia.com/india/massive-b ... 55307.html

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/blo ... 70549.html

And strange thing is everyone is quoting the buffoon report.

Can this be brought to the MOD and defense minister notice how propaganda is unleashed against indigenous weapon systems. Similar attempts were made just few days against Tejas during Iron Fist 2016. These are not one off reports but repeated misinformation campaign against indigenous weapon system.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Gyan » 02 Apr 2016 12:21

The last major order for NVGs by Army was given in 2013. As usual Army raised specifications, so we neither have X nor Y. Be as it may, Army requirement is for 30,000 NVGs, if roughly 1 per section is issued. Similarly Para Military and Central Police Forces requirement is for another 30,000 and last major order was in 2008. Hence, even for limited issue, India needs around 60,000 NVG but due to modern warfare requirements, projected need is 300,000 NVGs. And yes, they are affordable. Will cost around Rs. 2,000 crore per annum for five years. So, considering Army is releasing around 20,000 crores per annum as unused funds, what's the hitch?

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 02 Apr 2016 12:36

Gyan, its good IA raised specs in this case otherwise we'd have 34k next to useless NVGs, which would be behind what was available to pakistan and even PRC. That stand forced BEL/GOI to negotiate for XR-5 tubes. Of course, GOI being what it was (pathetic and gormless under MMS) didn't even order NVGs from Tata Power or trial them extensively, which were available before BEL and could have been used and saved lives in J&K.

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Akshay Kapoor » 02 Apr 2016 13:20

Thanks Karan for the link to the report. Very sobering reading when I came to the part about Pak and Chinese armies/ Air Forces using NVGs. I have so say mera old monk ka nasha utar gaya !

Gyan, read Gen VKS comments on one reason why funds get returned every year - Joint Secy Army in MoD post was vacant for most of the the year. All readers here need some real Gyan on how MOD procurement happens.

1. Services put up a case - its called AON acceptance of necessity
2. Case is evaluated by babus who have no domain expertise or institutional interest in the issue
3. Goes to DAC...DAC approves.
3 A If approval is for a new system like subs or aircarft etc goes to CCS for approval
3 B If its for existing systems or within financial powers of Raksha Mantri then does not go to CCS
4. Goes to RFI stage, then RFP stage
5. Goes to trials
6. Trial report goes to Ministry
7. Several years have passed to AON has lapsed, people have changed moved. Goes to DAC again.
8. Poojas are held in battalion mandirs for divine intervention.
9. If everything is fine then it goes to babu for contract negotiation.
10. North Block comes in (Ministry of Finance) and torpedos the proposal
11. Goes to Legal ministry
12. Finally goes to CCS again (see 3A)
13. Contract maybe signed


Services are involved in stage 1 and Stage 5 only. Even for getting oil heaters in siachen an MoD babu (Jt Secy Army) is the king and often refuses. When a decentish Raksha Mantri like George F or Parrkiar hears about this they get upset and ask babus to go to Siachen. Nothing happens.

Nothing, absolutely nothing wrt procurement and increasingly other things is in services hands. I can tell you some harrowing tales about how even an Army Commander (GOC nC) can be censured for raising a voice against substandard eggs, rotten meat and vegatbles delivered to ASC (Army Service Corps).

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Karan M » 02 Apr 2016 13:35

Akshay, that bit about Pakistan and China is concerning but we can address it. Yes, TSP would have got NVGs via the US, but IMHO once we get our stuff sorted out, we don't do things by halves, eg the TISAS order & the procurement of TIs in bulk. The Chinese systems are also likely behind what we are procuring, since both Gen3+ tubes and TI detectors are export controlled and generally, PRC is a generation behind "state of the art".

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Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Postby Akshay Kapoor » 02 Apr 2016 14:21

May the day when we get our stuff sorted out come soon !

Thanks for some very useful info as always Karan.


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