The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) is set to showcase some of its state-of-the-art defence systems during the upcoming Republic Day parade on 26 January 2023.
The focus of the showcase will be on surveillance, communication and neutralising threats.
DRDO will showcase one tableau and one equipment during the event.
The theme of the tableau is "Securing Nation with Effective Surveillance, Communication and Neutralizing Threats." It will be divided into four parts, each showcasing different types of defence systems.
The first part of the tableau will display Underwater Surveillance Platforms. These include sonars that have been developed for submarines, ships and helicopter launch surveillance. The sonars on display will include Ushus-2 for submarines and Humsa series of sonars for ships, and Low Frequency Dunking Sonar for helicopter launch surveillance.
The second part of the tableau will showcase Land Surveillance, Communication and Neutralising platforms. These include D4 counter drone systems, which can perform real-time search, detection, tracking and neutralize targets.
Additionally, the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) Weapon System, Battery Multifunction Radar (BMFR) and Missile Launcher Vehicle (MLV) will also be on display. The QRSAM is an all-weather, air-defence system that provides mobile air defence cover to mechanised assets of Indian Army in the Tactical Battle Area.
The third part of the tableau will showcase Aerial Surveillance and Communication platforms, such as the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) and TAPAS BH Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV.
The AEW&C is a force multiplier, with surveillance, communication, and electronic warfare capabilities. TAPAS BH is DRDO's solution to the tri-services Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Tracking & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements.
The fourth and final part of the tableau will depict DRDO's research activities, showcasing a Semiconductor R&D facility and futuristic technologies in the field of semi-conductors, detectors, and next-gen sensors.
In addition to the tableau, DRDO will also display an actual equipment, the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP), a modular 8X8 wheeled combat platform. This vehicle can be customized for various roles, such as a wheeled infantry combat vehicle, CBRN vehicle, ATGM carrier, and light tank.
The Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) variant on display will be integrated with a 30mm turret, composite armour, and innovative blast protection. It is also amphibious and can travel at a speed of 100 kmph on road.
Other DRDO-developed systems will also be displayed by Armed Forces contingents during the parade, including the Arjun MBT, Nag Missile System, Brahmos Missile, Short Span Bridge, and Akash NG. The DRDO-developed AEW&C will also fly past during the parade.
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