DRDO develops advanced technology to safeguard fighter aircraft

New Delhi : DRDO has developed Advanced Chaff Technology (ACT) to safeguard fighter aircraft of the IAF from hostile radar threats with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh terming it as another step towards self-reliant India.

Defence Laboratory Jodhpur, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory, developed the advanced chaff material and chaff cartridge-118/I in collaboration with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), a Pune-based laboratory of DRDO, meeting qualitative requirements of the IAF.

The Indian Air Force has started the process of induction of this technology after completion of successful user trials, an official press release said today.

In today’s electronic warfare, survivability of fighter aircraft is of prime concern because of advancement in modern radar threats.

To ensure survivability of aircraft, Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) is used which provides passive jamming against infra-red and radar threats, the release said.

Chaff is a critical defence technology used to protect fighter aircraft from hostile radar threats. The importance of this technology lies in the fact that very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as decoy to deflect enemy missiles for ensuring safety of the fighter planes.

The technology has been given to the industry for production in large quantities to meet the annual rolling requirement of the IAF.

It said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has lauded DRDO, IAF and the industry for the indigenous development of this critical technology, terming it as one more step of DRDO towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ in strategic defence technologies.

Dr Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence Research and Development and Chairman DRDO, congratulated the teams associated with the successful development of this advanced technology that will further strengthen the IAF.