DRDO IN REPUBLIC DAY PARADE
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Defence Research and Development Organisation showcased many defence systems developed by it in the republic day parade.
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is committed to the indigenous development of defence systems.
- The DRDO-developed products such as surface-to-air-missile ‘Akash’, Mobile Bridging System ‘Sarvatra’, beyond visual range air-to-air missile ‘Astra’, Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’, Air Defence Tactical Control Radar (ADTCR) and Anti-Satellite Missile (ASAT) were displayed as part of different tableaux of DRDO and the Armed Forces.
- The Akash (sky) is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed by DRDO.
- The missile was developed under the integrated guided-missile development programme (IGMDP).
- The programme also involved the development of the Nag, Agni and Trishul missiles, as well as the Prithvi ballistic missile.
- The Akash SAM system can employ multiple air targets while operating in fully autonomous mode.
Multispan Mobile Bridging System (SARVATRA)
- Sarvatra, offers versatile bridging solutions for all types of military traffic for negotiating wet and dry obstacles of up to 75m span in steps of 15m, within 100 minutes.
- It can be used as an emergency bridge during natural calamities like floods and earthquakes.
- ASTRA the first indigenously developed air-to-air missile.
- It works on the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) technology that enables the fighter-pilots to shoot precisely at the enemy targets which are beyond their visual range.
- A deadly feature of this missile is the option to choose between “Lock-on Before Launch – LOBL” and “Lock-on After Launch – LOAL”.
- Lock-on After Launch option allows the fighter aircraft to safely shoot and scoot after launching the missile towards the target.
Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’:
- HAL Tejas is an Indian single-engine, delta wing, multirole light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
- It came from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters. In 2003, the LCA was officially named “Tejas”.
Air Defence Tactical Control Radar (ADTCR):
- The ADTCR, is used for volumetric surveillance, detection, tracking and friend/foe identification of aerial targets of different types. The radar is capable of detecting very small targets and low flying targets.
Anti-Satellite Missile (ASAT):
- ASAT missile was used in Mission Shakti. Maiden successful trial of ASAT was carried out on March 27, 2019. Mission Shakti, the test mission, was a major breakthrough in demonstrating the nation’s anti-satellite technology and precision strike capability. ASAT will play a critical role in providing necessary deterrence against rogue satellites as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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