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Propelling Indigenisation of Defence Equipment

Updated: February 15, 2021 7:37 pm

Revathi: 3D Surveillance Radar for Indian Navy

3D Surveillance Radar for Indian Navy is a ship borne Radar. it is developed by DRDO. The radar has digital receiver, programmable signal processor providing high resolution, accuracy, response and information availability. The radar can auto track upto 150 targets including tracking with IFF (Mk XI) association. There are three Antenna Rotation Rates (ARR) of 6, 12, 24 RPMs. The radar has ECCM features.


9mm sub-machine pistol

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have jointly produced India’s first indigenously developed 9mm sub-machine gun. India’s first indigenous 9 mm Machine Pistol “ASMI” has been developed by Lt Col Prasad Bansod. from Infantry School, Mhow with assistance from  ARDE, Pune in a record time of four months. The weapon fires the in-service 9 mm ammunition. The ‘Made in India’ sub-machine gun is expected to replace the standard 9mm gun in the armoury of the defence forces. The machine pistol can fire at a range of 100 metres



RUSTOM-1 is an all composite, 800 kg class Short Range Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (SR-RPAS) having capabilities of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition/ Tracking and Image Exploitation.  It is developed by DRDO. Rustom-1 is the first Indian RPAS to have conventional take-off and landing capability. It has autonomous flight mode and Get-To-Home features. Rustom-1 RPAS has completed 65 flights and demonstrated flight endurance of 10 hrs, range of 200 km and an altitude of 20,000 ft. Up-gradation of SR-RPAS with Automatic Take-off & Landing (ATOL), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Store carrying capability is achievable.



Abhyas is a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) being developed at ADE. it is developed by DRDO. It offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of weapon systems. Abhyas is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot, under development at ADE. Abhyas has RCS, Visual  and  IR  augmentation  systems  required  for weapon practice. Abhyas was successfully flight tested on 13 May 2019.



AKASH is a Short Range Surface to Air Missile system to protect vulnerable areas and vulnerable points from air attacks. it is developed by DRDO. AKASH Weapon System can simultaneously engage Multiple Targets in Group Mode or Autonomous Mode. It has built in Electronic Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM) features. The entire weapon system has been configured on mobile platforms. AKASH Weapon Systems has been inducted and is operational with the Indian Air Force (IAF) as well as the Indian Army (IA).



The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) christened as HJT-36 is indigenously designed and developed by HAL to replace ageing fleet of KIRAN Jet Trainer aircraft in service with Indian Air Force for Stage II training of its pilots. IJT will be fitted with AL-55i Jet engines produced in house at Engine Division Koraput. IJT incorporates the simplicity necessary for ease of conversion from Basic Piston Trainer and the sophistication required for quick conversion to the complexities of an Advanced Jet Trainer.


HAL Light Combat Helicopter

The HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is an Indian multi-role attack helicopter designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is the world’s lightest attack helicopter and its flight ceiling is the highest among all attack helicopters.


Anti Submarine Rocket for RBU 6000 Launcher

ARDE has successfully developed the Extended Range Anti-Submarine Rocket (ER-ASR) to enhance the range of existing RGB-60 Anti Submarine Rocket from 5.3 km to 8.0+ km. it is developed by DRDO. ERASR consists of two motor propulsion systems which can fire the rocket in Short Range mode and Long Range mode to achieve different range capabilities from 500 m to 8900m.



Pinaka MBRS developed by ARDE comprises of a free-flight artillery rocket having a maximum range of 38 km with different types of warhead & fuzes, a multi-tube launcher vehicle, a replenishment-cum-loader vehicle, a replenishment vehicle and a command post vehicle. There are two pods containing 6 rockets each, capable of firing in salvo mode within 48 sec neutralizing the area of 700 x 500 m. In light of the requirement of the Army for a free flight rocket with enhanced range, ARDE has successfully developed Pinaka Mk-II rocket with 60 km range. The existing launch vehicle and ground systems of Pinaka MBRS is used with minor modifications for firing this new rocket.


BRAHMOS is a universal long range supersonic cruise missile system that can be launched from land, sea and air. BRAHMOS has been jointly developed by DRDO, India, and NPOM, Russia. The system has been designed with two variants for Anti-Ship and Land-Attack roles. BRAHMOS Weapon Systems has been inducted and is operational with the Indian Navy (IN) as well as the Indian Army (IA).


Motor Bike Ambulance ‘Rakshita’

Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi based DRDO laboratory has  developed  a bike-based casualty transport emergency vehicle. The bike ambulance will help in overcoming the problems faced by Indian security forces and emergency healthcare providers. It will provide life-saving aid for evacuation of injured patients from low intensity conflict areas. This will be handy in the congested streets and remote locations, where access through ambulance is difficult and time consuming. The bike can respond to a medical emergency need of patients faster than a four-wheeler due to its functionality and integrated emergency medical support system.

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