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DRDO awards future defence tech projects to 7 startups

By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, July 11: Providing impetus to Aatmanirbharta, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has awarded seven new projects to industries under the Technology Development Fund scheme for various requirements of the Armed Forces and aerospace & defence sectors.

“These project sanctions are a testimony to the continuing endeavour of DRDO in nurturing Industries, especially MSMEs & start-ups, in defence and aerospace domains. The indigenous development of these technologies will strengthen the military industrial ecosystem,” said the DRDO in a media statement.

DRDO has a project that involves development of an indigenous toolkit for simulator training of pilots in realistic scenarios. “This will help in full mission planning and large force engagement. The project has been awarded to start-up, Oxygen 2 Innovation Pvt Ltd, Noida,” said the DRDO in the statement.

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In the category of the underwater launched unmanned aerial vehicle, the project of the DRDO relates to versatile marine battlefield accessories which can be deployed in multiple combat roles. “The objective is Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA),” added the DRDO.

This project has been awarded to Sagar Defence Engineering Pvt Ltd Pune, said the DRDO.

Furthermore, the DRDO is also working on a long-range remotely operated vehicles for detection and neutralisation. “The vehicles are dual-use systems that will enable detection, classification, localisation and neutralisation of underwater objects while keeping the key assets away from the suspected operational area. The project has been awarded to a start-up, IROV Technologies Pvt Limited, Kochi,” added the DRDO in the statement.

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Development of Ice Detection Sensor for Aircraft is also a project of the DRDO that aims to develop detecting icing condition inflight, caused by super cooled water droplets that freezes after their impact against the aircraft external surfaces and is utilised by the aircraft for turning on the aircraft Anti-icing mechanism. It has been awarded to Craftlogic Labs Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru.

The project involving the Development of Radar Signal Processor with Active Antenna Array Simulator will enable deployment of multiple target system for test and evaluation of multiple short range aerial weapon system. “It serves as the basic building block for larger radar systems. The project has been sanctioned to Data Pattern (India) Limited, Chennai,” added the DRDO in the statement.

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For development of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-based Timing Acquisition & Dissemination System, the DRDO has sanctioned the project to Accord Software & Systems Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru. “It aims to enable indigenisation of timing acquisition and dissemination system, use of Indian Constellation for acquiring time & development of customised and flexible timing system as per range requirements,” added the DRDO in the statement.

The project involving development of Graphene Based Smart & E-textiles for Multifunctional Wearable Applications has been awarded to the start-up, Alohatech Private Limited, Coimbatore. “It will develop a conductive yarn and fabric-making processes using graphene nanomaterials and conductive inks,” added the DRDO in the statement.

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