Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of SAHAYAK-NG.
SAHAYAK-NG is India’s first indigenously designed and developed air dropped container from IL 38SD aircraft (Indian Navy) off the coast of Goa.
The trial was conducted by the Indian Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships which are deployed more than 2000 km from the coast.
“It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the coast to collect spares and stores,” the Union defence ministry said in a statement.
Two DRDO laboratories, including NSTL, Visakhapatnam and ADRDE, Agra, were involved in the development of SAHAYAK-NG container along the industry partner M/s Avantel for GPS integration.
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SAHAYAK-NG is an advanced version of SAHAYAK Mk I.
The newly-developed GPS aided air dropped container is having the capability to carry a payload that weighs up to 50 kg and can be dropped from heavy aircraft, the ministry said.
The secretary of the department of Defence R&D and DRDO chairman, Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO scientists, Indian Navy and the associated industry partners involved in the successful maiden trial.