The Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO), the military research and development arm under the
ministry of defence, on Wednesday handed over three critical indigenous
technologies to the Indian Navy, including the first indigenously developed
heavy weight torpedo Varunastra.
At the DefExpo 2018 being held near here,
the DRDO also transferred 10 technologies developed by it to the industry for
production for the Indian Armed Forces. They include grenades, missiles and
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed
over three technologies for the Indian Navy to Chief of Naval Staff Sunil
Lanba. It includes processor-based mines (PPBM), VLF modulator and heavy weight
A DRDO official said Varunastra is a
ship-based ESM system developed for intercepting all modern radars. PBBM can be
deployed from ships and can deter movement of adversary.
"The VLF modulator is a long range
reliable communication system that we have handed over to the Navy," an
Ten technologies, including Astra
air-to-air missile system, which was tested in Su-30MKI and is likely to be
integrated into Tejas LCA and other platforms, were handed over to private and
PSUs for manufacturing. The technology transfers also included anti-thermal/
anti laser grenade, CAIRGIS geographic information system, two sonars -- Humsa
and Abhay -- and a sonar dome.
A stamp and a souvenir, which has details
of all technologies developed by DRDO, were released to commemorate the 60th
year of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.