Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard the naval ships against enemy missile attack, the defence ministry said.

Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ), a DRDO laboratory, has indigenously developed three variants of this critical technology.

The variants are Short Range Chaff Rocket (SRCR), Medium Range Chaff Rocket (MRCR) and Long Range Chaff Rocket (LRCR) meeting Indian Navy’s qualitative requirements.

Recently, Indian Navy conducted trials of all three variants in the Arabian Sea on Indian naval ship and found the performance satisfactory.

Chaff is a passive expendable electronic countermeasure technology used worldwide to protect naval ships from enemy’s radar and Radio Frequency (RF) missile seekers.

“The importance of this development lies in the fact that very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as decoy to deflect enemy’s missiles for safety of the ships,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

The DRDO has gained the expertise to meet the futuristic threats from adversaries.

The technology is being given to the industry for production in large quantities.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and Industry for the achievement.

Secretary to the department of defence R&D & chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, has appreciated the efforts of the teams involved in the indigenous development of this vital technology to safeguard Indian naval ships.

Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar has applauded DRDO efforts in developing strategically important technology indigenously in a short span and cleared for bulk production.

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