The Defence Research And Development Organisation (DRDO) developed an Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) against hostile radar threats.
Technology to safeguard from hostile radar threats
Defence Laboratory Jodhpur, a 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.
The Indian Air Force has started the process of induction of this technology after completion of successful user trials.
In today’s electronic warfare, survivability of fighter aircraft is of prime concern because of advancement in modern radar threats, an official release said. Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) is used to ensure survivability of aircraft. This provides passive jamming against Infra-Red and radar threats.
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’s missiles for ensuring safety of the fighter aircraft. The technology has been given to the industry for production in large quantities to meet the annual rolling requirement of the Indian Air Force, the release said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded DRDO, IAF and the industry for indigenous development of this critical technology, terming it as one more step of DRDO towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ in strategic defence technologies.