DRDO working on border intelligence, bomb disposal

The DRDO is working on a number of electronics and computer science (ECS) related projects for the armed forces and the paramilitary.

New Delhi: The DRDO is working on a number of
electronics and computer science (ECS) related projects for
the armed forces and the paramilitary, including a border
communication intelligence gathering system and a laser-based
ordnance disposal system that are likely to be inducted in
service by end of next year.

DRDO`s Chief Controller of R&D for ECS Cluster of seven
labs, Dr Sreehari Rao told reporters today that the border
communication intelligence gathering system would be ready and
inducted fully to cover all border areas before December next

Developed by Hyderabad-based Defence Electronics Research
Laboratory (DLRL), the project envisaged fitting up of 10
static and 25 mobile stations for intercepting enemy

DLRL Director G Boopati, in his presentation, said the
system would be of help to both the armed forces and the
paramilitary in intercepting communication of terror groups
across the border.

Boopati said his lab was also working on other electronic
warfare requirements of the security forces such as
communication and electronic intelligence systems including
jammers and integrating them on platforms.

Regarding the laser-based ordnance disposal system
(LORDS), Laser System and Technology Centre (LASTEC) Director
Anil Kumar Maini said the system provided the scope for
destroying rockets, bombs and explosive that have completed
their shelf-life without having to get closer.

The lab, he said, was in the process of integrating the
LORDS on armoured vehicles so that the unwanted ordnance could
be disposed of without getting any closer to it.

He said LASTEC was also working on other laser-based
systems such as direct energy warfare application, low
intensity conflict (LIC) applications, battlefield
optoelectronic systems and advanced science and technology for
future systems.

Among the LIC systems were hand held dazzlers that
immobilise human targets for a few minutes, providing the much
needed advantage to the security forces, apart from crowd
control dazzlers mounted on vehicles and air defence dazzlers
that work against enemy aircraft or helicopters.

Electronics and Radar Development Establishment`s (LRDE)
R Kuller said his lab was currently working on low level light
radars (LLLRs) that could be deployed in mountainous areas.

He said the lab had recently tested a set of LLLRs in
mountain terrains successfully. Among the LLLRs were the
`Bharani` radars for Army and `Aslesha` radars for IAF.

Kuller said LRDE was also working on an Active
Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for use in future
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) `Tejas` for both IAF and Navy,
apart from a Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar (MPAR) that could
track even sea-skimming missiles.

Bureau Report


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