New Delhi, March 3: An indigenous weapon locating radar was handed over to the army today by the state-run military weapons developer, Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO). It is likely to be deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, report sources.
The DRDO also handed over a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Recce Vehicle and NBC drugs to the army.
According to sources, four Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) were deployed along the LoC for trial and proved effective as artillery fire from Pakistani side had come down after their deployment.
The WLR Swathi provides a fast, automatic and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells and rockets in its 50 km range, a senior DRDO official said. The ceremony to hand over the radar, the NBC Recce vehicle and the NBC drugs, was attended by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, alongside DRDO stewards.
The radar can simultaneously handle multiples projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations, the defence ministry said.
Congratulating the DRDO, Parrikar said the government may consider allowing export of the WLR after the army's requirement is fulfilled. “SWATHI could be a great equipment to ensure adversaries do not use artillery fire,” said Parrikar, hoping it will be effective in containing artillery fire from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said partnership among the DRDO, armed forces, PSUs and private sector can be a game changer in boosting the defence manufacturing sector.
Speaking at the function, DRDO Chairman S. Christopher said, “after Navy and Air Force, time has now come to hand over our products to the Army and it is a proud moment for all scientists in DRDO.”
Many of the products developed by DRDO have been inducted and are presently operational in field units. In 2016, the Weapon Locating Radar, NBC Recce Vehicle and a set of NBC Drugs had been successfully tested after extensive evaluation by competent evaluation teams/bodies.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat after receiving the products complimented the DRDO for achieving another milestone in their continuing success stories. He was optimistic that at this speed, modernisation of Indian Army would move at a much faster pace.