DRDO Develops Aerial Systems To Detect Nuclear Contamination Zones

To tackle possible chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear or CBRN emergencies, the research organisation Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO is developing an array of ground-based and unmanned aerial systems and equipment with zero human exposure to detect and map contamination zones in all geographical conditions, reports said, quoting Chief Controller-Life Sciences W. Selvamurthy.

DRDO has an ongoing programme till 2014 to develop technologies to deal with CBRN emergencies.

“Under the unmanned aerial system category, we are developing sensors which can be fitted on to Nishant and Rustom Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to monitor radiological activities. Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are also being developed for effective deployment in more critical areas,” he said.

DRDO already demonstrated its technology for the Armed Forces and the necessary modifications are being carried out in line with the user’s requirement.

The vehicle- and building-mounted systems, BMP and track-based vehicles already been given to the services to detect all forms of CBRN emergencies, Selvamurthy said.

The Gwalior-based DRDO lab, the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), is the nodal body for the project. Besides, 12 other centres were roped in for the development of other important systems.

The total cost of the project is Rs.285 crore in which, along with the technologies and contamination detection payloads, we are also developing other equipment such as sensors, clothing and safety measures for soldiers who will operate in these areas, he added

 

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