Monday, January 23, 2012

DRDO Contingent In RD Parade To Showcase Agni-4!!

The DRDO contingent in the Republic Day Parade this year, commanded by Lt. Col V S Thapa, showcasing three of its latest products, accompanied by a tableau depicting innovative technologies for handling hazards of snow and avalanches, is symbolic of DRDO’s contributions to nation building and self-reliance in critical defence technologies through science and innovation.

Agni 4, the most potent and technologically advanced among India’s strategic arsenal, adds a new dimension to country’s capabilities in terms of strategic deterrence for peace and security. Capable of being launched from a self contained road mobile launcher from anywhere in the country, the two-stage Surface-to-surface missile with solid-propulsion can reach targets over 3000 km away. A quantum leap in indigenous technology, Agni 4 incorporates Composite Rocket motor casing, highly accurate guidance and navigation system, modern and compact avionics, digital control system and many other contemporary and advanced technologies making it comparable to the best in the world.

Prahar missile is an another marvel of technology recently developed by DRDO for national security. It is a Tactical Battlefield support high speed Missile based on solid propulsion and is equipped with high precision inertial Navigation System giving it capability to hit targets around 150 kms away with pin point accuracy. The missile is mounted on a road mobile launcher, carries significant payload and can be equipped with a variety of warheads. Each high mobility launcher carries six missiles; Multiple launchers can be interlinked to deliver a near simultaneous Multi Axis Attack on the target with devastating effect. With its long range, high accuracy and short reaction time, 'Prahaar', would be an invaluable addition to the Arsenal of Armed Forces.

Rustom - 1 is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that takes-off and lands like a conventional aircraft. External pilot standing close to the runway exercises the take-off and landing of the UAV and hands over the control to the internal pilot, operating from the ground control station, for carrying out rest of the mission. Payload operator controls the various payloads from ground control station to capture essential video pictures and data. Rustom - 1 can fly for 12 - 15 hours, at speeds upto 250 km/hr. Rusom- 1 is intended to be used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, fire correction and battlefield damage assessment. Three armed forces and internal security organizations like State Police Forces, BSF, CRPF and Coast Guards, are the prospective users of Rustom – 1.

Tableau showcasing snow & avalanche hazards & their mitigation schemes developed by SASE- In the inhospitable snow-bound avalanche-prone mountainous areas of Indian Himalaya, our Jawans keep constant vigil to ensure no attempt of intrusion is made by our enemies. To facilitate our troops perform this task with ease, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, a DRDO laboratory at Manali ensures safe mobility and living of our troops by issuing timely avalanche and weather forecast and controls avalanches to safeguard the facilities created in the region. Using remote sensing data such as satellite imageries and a network of manual and automatic weather stations established all across Northwest and Central Himalayas, SASE issues accurate avalanche and weather advisories based on various models developed by them. They also train soldiers performing duty in these areas, on avalanche safety and rescue methods. SASE is thus known as 'Saviours of Cold Regions'.

The DRDO contingent this year commanded by Lt. Col V S Thapa, a 4th generation officer from the Regiment of Artillery was commissioned from the officers Training Academy on 25 Aug 1990 and is certified as External Pilot from IAI, Malat, Israel. He was awarded the commendation card by GOC–in–C Eastern Command for outstanding achievements during OP “Hifazat” in the year 2008 and 2010. He also received Unit citation from GOC-in-C Eastern Command in 2010 during his command of UAV Troop. The officer is presently posted as External Test Pilot to ADE, Bangalore, a premier DRDO laboratory. He was awarded the Commendation certificate by Director, ADE in Jan 2011for conventionally flying India’s first successful maiden flight of Rustom-1 UAV on 16 Oct 2010.

DRDO is the R&D wing of the Ministry of Defence, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies by achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems, by indigenisation and innovation, while equipping the armed forces with state-of-the-art weapon systems and equipment. Dr DS Kothari, the eminent scientist and educationist was the first to head the Organization which has been led over the years by illuminati of the caliber of Dr APJ Kalam our former President. The current head of the organisation is Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat. The Fifty two DRDO laboratories, based on their core-competence, are classified into to nine clusters namely, Aeronautics, Armaments, Combat Vehicles and Engineering, Electronics and Computer Sciences, Materials, Missiles and Strategic Systems, Micro Electronics & Devices, Naval Research and Development, and Life Sciences. Devoted to innovation and excellence, the DRDO remains committed to make India strong and self-reliant. It has led to the design, development and productionization of world class weapon systems, equipment, and complex technologies associated with such systems. These include Strategic and tactical missiles, Combat aircrafts and Aeronautical systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, Combat vehicles, armaments and ammunition, Radars, Electro-optic and acoustic sensors, Electronic warfare systems, Life support systems and Materials. The production value of major DRDO systems inducted into Services during the last decade stands at over Rs 120,000 crores.

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