Developments of DRDO in 2020

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DRDO(Source: Zeebiz)

“Uttam” Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar

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The Uttam Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (

The Uttam Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar, being developed by DRDO, is a multimode, solid-state active phased array fire control radar with scalable architecture which can be adapted for various types of fighter class of aircraft. “This is capable of tracking multiple targets with high accuracy suitable for firing missiles with interleaved air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea modes for all terrain operations”. 

Flight test of ABHYAS

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Flight test of ABHYAS (Source: Wiki)

Successful flight test of the ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) – was conducted on 22 September 2020 by DRDO at the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown, the vehicle to be used as an expendable target for evaluation of various missile systems. 

AHSP transfer of Pinaka weapon system from DRDO to DGQA

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AHSP transfer of Pinaka weapon system from DRDO to DGQA (Source: Indiantvnews)

 On 25 September 2020, Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) responsibility of the Pinaka weapon system were handed over by DRDO to the DGQA. This AHSP transfer marks successful establishment of production of Pinaka rockets, Launchers, Battery Command Posts, Loader Cum Replenishment and Replenishment Vehicles as well as successful establishment of Quality Assurance processes. The AHSP handing over took place at ARDE, Pune wherein the documentation required by various Production agencies, Quality Assurance agencies, Maintenance agencies and Users were formally handed over by ARDE, HEMRL and VRDE to the CQA (A). 

Flight tests of BrahMos missile

 The BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile which incorporates indigenous booster and airframe sections along with other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems was successfully flight tested for designated range on DRDO major achievements during 2020 (Part-II) 30 September 2020 from the ITR, Balasore in Odisha, “a major step in enhancing its indigenous content”. On 18 October 2020, another BrahMos missile was successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s indigenouslybuilt stealth destroyer INS Chennai, precisely hitting a target in the Arabian Sea, after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres. On 1 December 2020, another BrahMos missile in anti-ship mode was successfully test fired against a decommissioned ship, “the missile performing highly complex manoeuvres and destroying the target”. 

Flight testing of DRDO’s laser guided ATGM

The indigenously-developed Laser Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) was successfully test fired on 1 October 2020 against a target at longer ranges. The test was carried out by an Arjun MBT at the KK ranges (ACC&S) Ahmednagar in continuation of earlier successful trials. Laser guided ATGMs lock and track targets with the help of laser designation to ensure precision hit accuracy. This has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from main gun of the Arjun main battle tank. 

Flight Test of SMART

Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) was successfully flight tested on 5 October 2020 from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. “All the mission objectives including missile flight upto the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism were met perfectly”. Tracking stations (radars, electro optical systems) along the coast and telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events. SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti- Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare operations, far beyond torpedo range. 

DRDO developed Anti-Radiation Missile (RUDRAM)

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DRDO developed Anti-Radiation Missile (Source: thelivemirror)

The new generation Anti-Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) was successfully flight tested on 9 October 2020 homing in on a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha, the missile being launched from a Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. RUDRAM is the first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for the Indian Air Force missile integrated on the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, with capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions. “The missile is a potent weapon for IAF for Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD) effectively from large stand-off ranges”.

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