The Defence Minister Arun Jaitley handed over three Naval Systems
indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba here today 25 Mar 17.
The Minister also released two other products developed by DRDO namely
IP-based Secure Phone and the Gallium Nitride Technology.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Jaitley remarked that DRDO is becoming an
important instrument for self-reliance of the nation. He stated that some of
the best innovations have come from the pool of scientists of DRDO. The Defence Minister also said that great
societies and nations are made through people working on important tasks in
anonymity, like the DRDO scientists who were honoured today.
The Minister gave away the annual DRDO awards in various categories during
the function. Apart from the scientists and teams who won awards in various
vistas of technological excellence, the Advanced Systems Laboratory, Hyderabad
and the Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre, Bangalore won the
coveted Silicon Trophy and Titanium Trophy respectively.
The Naval Systems handed over to the Indian Navy are USHUS-II Submarine
Sonar, Directing Gear for Hull Mounted Sonar Array, and RLG based Inertial
Navigation System for Ship Applications (INS-SA). The export potential of DRDO
technologies also received due recognition during the function, with the
announcement of the bagging of export order for DRDO-developed torpedo to
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence
said DRDO is playing an important role in self-reliance of Defence Forces and
the export potential of the Organisation is finding a place in the global
Defence market. He congratulated all the awardees and their families.
Chairman, DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D)Dr. S
Christopher in his address said the Defence Acquisition Council cleared order
value of DRDO products has gone up to Rs. 2.56 lakh crore out of which about
Rs. 1 lakh crore was in the last two years alone.
Sonars are the eyes and ears of a submarine under water. DRDO has developed
the State-of-the-Art submarine sonar suite, USHUS-II, a highly evolved
compendium of multiple sensors. The constituent sonars in the suite include
passive sonar, active sonar, intercept sonar, obstacle avoidance sonar and
Directing Gear is an electro-mechanical system that supports the transducer
array of hull-mounted ship sonar systems and rotates it at a controlled speed
for in-situ acoustic calibration at Harbour and Sea.
The Inertial Navigation System, based on indigenous Ring Laser Gyroscopes,
provides vital information on the ship's position coordinates and heading for
steering it to its destination accurately. It features high speed processor,
multi-constellation Sat Nav receiver, ship specific interfaces and innovative
With the emergence of Gallium Nitride as a state-of-the-art material for
MMIC applications, DRDO has established this futuristic technology, which will
substantially help in the development of next generation radars, seekers and
communication systems, for application in Light Combat Aircraft.
The Secure IP Phone incorporates an indigenous encryption algorithm on a
trustworthy hardware platform to provide a high level of secrecy to voice and
data, for communication of strategic and tactical plans of the Armed Forces.
The function was also attended by senior functionaries of the Ministry of
Defence, Indian Navy, DRDO and industry partners.