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DLRL to develop decoys for navy with foreign tie-up

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A step forward: An indigenously-developed, next generation intelligence electronic warfare device being shown by a scientist at DLRL on Monday.
A step forward: An indigenously-developed, next generation intelligence electronic warfare device being shown by a scientist at DLRL on Monday.

Y.Mallikarjun

HYDERABAD: The Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), which has embarked upon futuristic Electronic Warfare (EW) technologies with focus on miniaturisation, is likely to have a foreign collaborator in the development of decoy systems for naval deployment.

With the effective control of Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum playing a strategic role in any battlefield scenario, DRDO has identified DLRL as the nodal laboratory for the design and development of EW systems. Since its establishment in 1961, it has developed and delivered to the three services several such systems, including Direction Finding (DF) Reconnaissance, Communications and Jammers.

Stressing that “surprise element” played an important role in EW system, DLRL director R.Sreehari Rao said the basic aim was to prevent the adversary from effectively using the electro-magnetic spectrum. The futuristic EW systems proposed to be developed for strategic requirements were in the conceptual stage. The laboratory was working on technologies for miniaturisation. “We have to miniaturise our payloads for smaller platforms,” he added. Plans were afoot to develop them for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aerostats, satellites and other hi-tech EW systems. Stating that the DLRL was looking for foreign partners to develop jointly some of the technologies, he explained that Israeli and British firms had evinced interest in collaborating in the building of decoy systems.

The decoys were meant to divert the direction of incoming missiles. The DLRL would basically develop the software.


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