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Army gets indigenous weapon locating radar

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  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Army gets indigenous weapon locating radar
    System being used along the LoC: Army Chief
    The Army on Thursday received an indigenous weapon locating radar (WLR), named Swati, from the DRDO. The organisation also handed over a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) recce vehicle and NBC treatment drugs to the Army.

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the export potential (of the WLR) would be explored only after the Army’s requirement is fulfilled.

    “You know Swati has done its job well when the LoC is devoid of any heavy artillery,” he observed.

    Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat called the system a success. “It is being used extensively along the LoC by us,” he stated.

    Swati has a range of 50 km, which brings all artillery guns presently in service worldwide under coverage. Four systems are currently in operation and another 30 are on order for the Army.

    Talking about the capability of the system, a senior Defence official said that it was pressed into service along the LoC last year. The WLR played a major role in suppressing their [Pakistani] fire, he added.

    WLR is a coherent, electronically scanned C-Band pulse doppler radar. The radar automatically locates hostile artillery, mortars and rocket launchers and tracks friendly fire to locate the impact point of friendly artillery fire to issue necessary corrections.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/army-gets-indigenous-weapon-locating-radar/article17392500.ece
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    As per India tv SWATI weapons locating Radar system was being used for last 2-3 months which has reduced cross border shelling from Pakistan as Indian army retaliated and destroyed Pakistani positions immediately using this system.
     
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  3. bharathp

    bharathp Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    you have a link to this India tv news? they have all their news on youtube. can you tell me which date to look for atleast?

    this came up when the engineers were testing Rajendra Radar for Akash missile and they found out that the radar was picking up artillery trajectory from a near by range.
     
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    It was undergoing user tests along the LoC, that is a fact. Whether it has helped in reducing Pakistani arty fire is not known to me.
     
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    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    Swati will replace/suppliment the TPQ-37 that has been in service since the early 2000s with the IA

    [​IMG]
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    I was watching India TV and Rajat Sharma announced at that time approx 9:15pm
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Here is the oneindia article stating the same..

    DRDO radar handed over to Army; to bring down LoC artillery fire: Parrikar
    The weapon-locating radar developed by the DRDO's Electronic and Radar Development Establishment provides fast and accurate location of enemy artillery including shells, mortars and rockets.
    • Updated: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 18:01 [IST]
    • Written by: IANS



    New Delhi, March 2: DRDO's weapon-locating radar Swati was formally handed over to the Indian Army on Thursday, with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar saying its deployment will reduce artillery fire from across the border.


    Line of Control for trial have already proved their efficacy since artillery fire from Pakistan's side had reduced after their deployment.

    The Indian Army has at present ordered 30 such radars. "The radars have been on the LoC for two months now for trials. Artillery fire has gone down," a defence source said.

    The weapon-locating radar developed by the DRDO's Electronic and Radar Development Establishment provides fast and accurate location of enemy artillery including shells, mortars and rockets.

    The radar is also capable of guiding fire from an artillery gun attached to it, meaning thereby that the radar can not only locate artillery guns on the enemy side but also ensure their destruction.

    Speaking at the event organised to hand over the radar and other equipment to the Army by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Parrikar lauded the scientists.

    "Swati could be a great equipment to ensure adversaries do not use artillery fire. If the LoC is devoid of any artillery fire in the near future, you can be sure Swati radar has gone there," the minister said.

    He said the radar, however, used a "passive array", and suggested the DRDO develop a radar using "active array" in a couple of years. "The passive array radar can then be exported, after the Army gets enough numbers," the minister said.

    Parrikar also congratulated the DRDO for successful trial of exo-atmospheric Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile and endo-atmospheric Advanced Air Defence missile, both part of a two-tier anti-ballistic missile system. "Last year has been very fruitful for the DRDO. There were around 25 missile tests... usually they get criticism," Parrikar said.

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/drdo-...army-to-bring-down-loc-artillery-2363200.html
     
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    India Looking To Export Home-Made Weapons Locating Radar
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    India is looking to export its ‘Swati’ radar which can provide accurate location of all enemy weapons in a 50-km range.


    SWATI will track all enemy weapons like mortars, shells and rockets firing within in its effective zone of coverage and simultaneously handle multiple projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations.


    “The system is capable of adjusting the fire of our own artillery weapon also. The weapon includes 81 mm or higher caliber mortars, 105 mm or higher caliber shells and 120 mm or higher caliber free-flying rockets. Thus WLR has two roles to perform i.e. Weapon Location Mode for enemy Artillery and Direction of Own artillery Fire (DOOAF) Mode for our own Artillery,” said a DRDO official as reported by Sputnik News.


    India is exploring export of SWATI but only after the Army’s requirement is fulfilled. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat was quoted as saying earlier , “It is being used extensively along the Line of Control (LoC) by us,”. Indian Army has ordered 30 such systems over the next few years.

    “SWATI could be a great equipment to ensure adversaries do not use artillery fire. If the LoC is devoid of any artillery fire in the near future, you can be sure SWATI radar has gone there,”
    Manohar Parrikar, Indian Defense Minister, said.


    Parrikar asked defense scientists to work on developing active array weapon locating radar and hand it over to Army in the next few years.
    http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18...Home_Made_Weapons_Locating_Radar#.WLoB8jG0nIV
     
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    A good thing about imported equipment is that it is used as the benchmark for Indian systems to surpass.
     
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    User feedback is positive and encouraging!

    Like @bharathp mentioned - serendipity is at the heart of this WLR!
     
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    maybe the next version will have AESA which will be provided to the Army while we export the PESA SWATI?

    this is good - . the Americans exported/doled out 2nd grade goods to Pakistan ( AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radars) and sold us higher grade weapons ( AN/TPQ-37 ) for a lot more money than both combined. one AN/TPQ-37 system costed 68 crores in 2002

    from the standing committee report:
    STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE (2002) SIXTEENTH REPORT
    source: http://164.100.24.208/ls/committeeR/Defence/16.pdf
    in 2002, the avergae USD-INR was 48.39 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rupee_exchange_rate_history)

    ( In July 2002, India placed a $200 million USD order for 12 AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder radars.) ~ 16 million per radar.


    taking inflation into account, Present value of 16 million (from 2002 to 2016) is $21.8 million in 2016. (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi)


    The WLR project was officially sanctioned in April 2002, with a sanctioned amount of ₹ 200 million and an estimated completion time of 40 months.[12] The first working prototype was to be ready by April 2004. The final project cost was $49 million USD.[citation needed] In January 2003, an intent for procurement of 28 WLRs was placed with BEL.[10]


    so for the cost of less than 3 WLRS, we now have our own comparable WLR

    each WLR now costs 64.92 crore in 2016 (from 30 ordered at 1947.50 crore). compared with the cost of ANTPQ-37 is costlier at about Rs. 68 crores in 2002, the present cost (with dollar inflation and dollar price change) is 140 crore in 2016.

    now thats JUGAAD technology! sastaa aur tiaku aur behtar bhi!
     
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    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    F*cking awesome work bro!

    Truly highlights the sense and utility in pursuing such projects, whilst the road may be hard and there will be plenty of detractors along the road the end result is IMMENSE. The savings to be made in this one area alone are going to be 100s of millions of USD, this is not an insignificant ammount at all. One can only imagine how much can be saved without impacting on the potency of the military at all and if the savings (or at least part) are ploughed back into R&D..........

    This really is how India becomes a global power, getting ripped off by others is going to keep it weak.


    @PARIKRAMA @Gessler @Agent_47 @randomradio @vstol jockey @MilSpec @nair @Levina @Ankit Kumar 001 @GuardianRED @dadeechi @ni8mare I suggest you all look at this awesome post from @bharathp , the implications are vast. Without touching defence spending their actual capabilities can be expanded 2-3 fold (if not more).
     
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    bharathp Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    I see this post made an appearance elsewhere. waiting to see the reaction of the green brigade there. a lot of silence since that post :p

    @PARIKRAMA i can take that tag now.. i have given ammunition to an "elite" member :p
     
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