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DRDO develops pilot aptitude test

By Y.Mallikarjun

HYDERABAD, FEB.20. A state-of-the art pilot aptitude test which will reduce human errors and put in place a comprehensive selection system was developed by the DRDO and handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The new procedure -- Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) -- based on cognitive processing unlike the conventional selection method is being evaluated by the Air Force, the Chief Controller (R & D life sciences and human resources) DRDO, W. Selvamurthy, said here on Sunday.

Talking to The Hindu , he said that acquisition of hi-tech modern fighter aircraft demanded a totally different kind of testing for Air Force selection. The new method would not only help in reducing errors but also enable the selection of pilots for fighter, transport and helicopter services based on their aptitude. For instance, it would help in finding out who has more aptitude for flying a fighter aircraft, he added.

As opposed to the conventional method, which is in vogue for 30 years ago, the emphasis in PABT was on cognitive aspect as the pilot while receiving information from visual, auditory, somatic and sensory processes has to synthesise it and take a correct decision.

He said that 30 per cent of the aircraft accidents were attributed to human errors and expressed the hope that the new aptitude test, developed by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, a DRDO lab, would help in reducing such mishaps.

Explaining the various technologies developed by DRDO's life sciences labs, he said that India had joined a select band of nations - the US, Russia, France, UK and Israel -- in developing an

Life support system

Integrated Life Support System having an on-board oxygen generation. He said the system had already been tested and found to be successful. It would be fitted on the prestigious Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in one year. The ILSS was developed by the Bangalore-based Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL) and the Institute of Aerospace Medicine.

Another DRDO-developed technology -- Carbogen breathing assembly -- having a mixture of 5 per cent of carbon dioxide and 95 per cent oxygen -- was found to reduce noise induced hearing loss. The Indian Navy tested the integrated breathing assembly system and would be introducing it on board 10 ships. He said the noise levels in the engine rooms of ships were as high as 140 decibels.

Dr. Selvamurthy also announced that a typhoid test kit developed by the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, confirms typhoid within five minutes as against the conventional "Widal test" which takes two to three days. He said the technology had already been transferred and Glaxo would be marketing it from May this year.

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