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Indigenised radar cooling system for missiles

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It will serve the medium range surface-to-air missiles firing unit of the IAF



First-ever:V.K. Saraswat, Director General DRDO, inspecting the indigenously-developed radar cooling system in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: An indigenously-developed ruggedized Radar Cooling System by a Hyderabad firm, meant for medium range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAMs), was handed over to V.K. Saraswat Director-General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at a simple ceremony here on Thursday. The MRSAMs are being developed under a Rs.10,000 crore Indo-Israeli Joint Venture.

Stated to be the country's first-ever state-of-the-art ruggedized cooling system for a large defence radar, it was designed and built by Hemair Systems India Limited, an India-owned MNC with operations in India and United Kingdom. Designated as LRCU-60, it will serve the radar system of MRSAM missile firing unit of the IAF. Custom-built for MRSAM, the system will ensure the thermal stability of the radar.

Receiving the system which costs around Rs. 1 crore, Dr. Saraswat urged the private industry to take advantage of the defence offset policy which stipulates that any foreign manufacturer bagging a contract for Rs.300 crore or more would have to produce at least 30 per cent of its value in India. The proposal to import 126 multi-role combat aircraft would help a large number of industries to absorb new technologies.

S.K. Ray, Director, Research Centre Imarat, referred to Agni and other missile systems being produced indigenously and urged the private industry to pay greater attention to quality.

Later talking to reporters, Dr. Saraswat the first flight test of MRSAM would take place early next year. Under the joint venture involving DRDO, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and another Israeli firm Elta, the MRSAMs would be co-developed and co-produced.

The launch of Nirbhay, a long-range subsonic cruise missile, Agni-V surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 km, development of Indian field gun ( both towed and self-propelled) and flight trials of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Rustam would be some of the major DRDO projects this year, he said.

V.Srinivasa Rao, MD, Hemair Systems Limited, said the company was manufacturing air-handling, cooling and clean room technology systems to serve a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, bio-tech, defence, electronics and precision engineering. He said the firm got an order for producing some systems against stiff competition from reputed companies.

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