New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced chaff technology to safeguard naval ships against enemy missile attack. The Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ), a DRDO laboratory, has indigenously developed three variants of this critical technology - Short Range Chaff Rocket (SRCR), Medium Range Chaff Rocket (MRCR), and Long Range Chaff Rocket (LRCR) - meeting Indian Navy's qualitative requirements.
Recently, the Indian Navy conducted trials of all three variants in the Arabian Sea and found the performance satisfactory.
Chaff is a passive expendable electronic countermeasure technology used worldwide to protect naval ships from enemy's radar and radio frequency (RF) missile seekers. The importance of this development lies in the fact that very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as decoy to deflect enemy's missiles. The technology is being given to the industry for production in large quantities.
Defense minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the Indian Navy for the achievement. The secretary, department of defence (R&D), and DRDO chairman Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of the teams involved in the indigenous development of this vital technology to safeguard Indian Naval ships.
The vice-chief of naval staff Vice-Admiral G. Ashok Kumar also applauded DRDO's efforts in developing strategically important technology indigenously in a short span and clearing it for bulk production.