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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) : News and Updates

Discussion in 'Indian Defence Industry' started by Manmohan Yadav, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Gessler

    Gessler Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Another surface-to-surface technology demonstration platform. Don't know where it will get though, IA doesn't seem interested in tactical SRBMs anymore.

    Has to be the Anti-Radiation Missile previously known as NGARM. No idea why it's called M-2 though.

    Probably a way to facilitate standoff range deployment of torpedoes from ships.

    This is the indigenous seeker of Astra Mk-1. Till now Astra used a Russian X-band seeker which was part of the R-77's seeker family (from Agat JSC).

    Development of this indigenous seeker is important because without this, we won't be able to integrate Astra with Rafale or other non-Russian aircraft like Tejas.

    Most probably yes. Would validate aerodynamics & radar-return models. Useful if they're writing new software to develop flight control.

    Eh, not there yet I guess. Probably for Tejas Mk-2. But a foreign suite is a far more likely acquisition for this requirement.

    Good that some proof-of-concept rail gun is being developed for lab testing. Personally, I would love to see the development of a tactical, ground-based system mounted on trucks - similar in concept and scale to the Blitzer from General Atomics. Would be devastating against bunkers, fortifications and even armored vehicles. Imagine having something like that in a cross-border exchange of fire.

    This could be the first step toward and end result like that.

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    Travelling-Wave Tube Amplifier. Used to amplify RF signals. Can be used in a multitude of applications (especially space-based) but I'm not sure of their utility toward any given project.

    Optical? Or Photonics-based? Would be glad to know.

    Future white elephant in the works. Watch out, people. Money sinkhole.

    Are they the same project or two different projects? If they're the same, it means the dome AEW radar from LRDE (supposed to be installed on Airbus A330) now has a name.

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    Aqwoyk Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    So we are gearing up or battle in IOR and readying SCC too ........
     
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    What exactly is Pralay ? It is as big as Shaurya. There are even rumors about it being an anti-ship ballistic missile.

    Desi ASROC. This will be a huge capability addition compared to RBU-6000 ASW rockets

    That was an easy guess. They need to start somewhere in flying wing design.

    Any possibilities for a Naval version?

    Not surprisingly, ISRO too is developing the same.
     
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    Pralay is 12000 kg missile ....... 9m long..........

    I think it belongs to our next gen missiles...... with some semi cruise capability .........
     
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    K 15/ Shaurya's trajectory

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    I've no idea about it's possible applications. As of what exactly it is - just like Shaurya, it could be developed into an SSM with quasi-ballistic features. Could be the platform on which to test some next-gen composite construction, propellant, boosters, nozzles, electronics...who knows. Some former DRDO chief (I think either Avinash Chander or VK Saraswat) hinted at the development of an ASBM. At least as a tech-demonstrator. Could be anything.

    Nah, too early. Even the US plans to get railguns into naval service only by around 2030.

    In the meantime, someone needs to tell DRDO to come up with a navalized version of ATAGS in 155mm, 64-caliber. The OTO-Melara 76mm is simply too small for destroyer-class IN vessels of the present or future. We were planning to buy the 127mm guns from OTO but they were blacklisted. Larger caliber guns with specialized, guided ammunition would immensely increase the offensive capabilities of surface combatants.
     
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    Bhaii ye video dhud lo khi se :respect:
     
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    Video is gone. :(
     
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    yep 3 years old jo h
     
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    DRDO tested a new 12 ton solid stage recently .... Has anything to do with Pralay ??
     
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    I don't think so ....... It is for something big.

    make a conjecture now?
     
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    Shut Down Laboratories And Overhaul The DRDO, Expert Committee Tells Defence Ministry

    India's premier defence research organisation, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), needs a major overhaul, some its research laboratories closed and the organisation needs to concentrate only on development of defence platforms, a high-level committee appointed by the Ministry of Defence has said in its report.


    In the last five years, DRDO has been getting between ₹6,000-₹8,000 crore annually for defence research — roughly 6% of the defence budget.

    The DRDO was set up in 1958 to achieve self-reliance in manufacturing weapon systems to equip the armed forces. It has over 33,000 personnel, which includes nearly 8,000 scientists, 13,000 technicians, and 52 laboratories. Its area of research is wide and encompasses everything, from juices to nuclear missiles.


    Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had constituted the committee led by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (Retired) in May 2016 to suggest ways to enhance the combat capabilities of India. The panel submitted its 550-page report to the government recently.


    Top sources told HuffPost India the committee has said as many as 11 laboratories of the DRDO need to closed down or amalgamated and its "non-crore" research activities stopped. The committee also said that DRDO needs to work with "clearly defined" objectives to develop "weapon systems and platforms".


    Instead of the DRDO deciding on areas and focus of research, the committee has recommended setting up of a "Technology Commission", headed by the defence minister, with representatives from the armed forces. The commission should formulate research and development policy and even set specific deadlines for research.

    The committee feels that end-users — the three services — must be consulted on areas of research and development of weapon systems. To break the red-tape in the DRDO, the committee has suggested that DRDO scientists be given incentives for successful completion of projects.

    Suggesting further reforms, the DB Shekatkar Committee has also said that Ordnance Factory Boards (OFB) — which produce bulk of the ammunition and weapons used by the forces — should consult the armed forces when inducting new technology or material. It has pointed to the fact that OFB, which produce rifles, wasn't aware of the exact weight of the guns it was producing.

    Interestingly, the committee has said that OFB needs to include private companies and has suggested using private-public partnerships to speed up production, ensure better quality and cut down delays.

    This isn't the first time an overhaul of the DRDO has been recommended. Questions have been frequently raised about the delays and cost over-runs in DRDO projects.

    In a 2015 report, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that audit examination of 14 mission mode projects, carried out by DRDO laboratories, "revealed that all projects failed to achieve their timelines and the probable date of completion (PDC) was extended many a times".

    These mission mode projects include the crucial S-band surveillance system 'Rohini' radars, secure video and fax communication between airborne platforms and ground station 'Meghdoot' and electronic warfare suit for the modified MIG-29 fighters.

    The delays, the CAG pointed out, "were mainly due to inadequate monitoring".
     
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