Workshop on 'challenges in development of airborne systems and sensors' held - The New Indian Express

Workshop on 'challenges in development of airborne systems and sensors' held

Published: 12th October 2013 09:10 AM

Last Updated: 12th October 2013 09:10 AM

A Low-frequency Dunking Sonar (LFDS) developed by DRDO laboratory NPOL is being tested on Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platforms, said Rear Admiral D M Sudan, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air), Indian Navy.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Challenges in Development of Airborne Systems and Sensors’ organised by NPOL here on Friday, Rear Admiral Sudan said there has been tremendous progress regarding the LFDS.

“Trials are being carried out. There is substantial progress regarding the development of LFDS. Currently, LFDS are being tested on ALH platforms,” he said.

These sonars are primarily aimed at anti-submarine warfare. About the current status of LCA (Navy), the Rear Admiral said the second prototype of the aircraft, NP-II, will start flying by next year. The first prototype (NP-I) of the LNA Naval version is currently undergoing modifications, he said.

Earlier inaugurating the workshop, he stressed on the significance of development as well as induction of systems. He pointed out at the need for constant interaction between the end-user and the developer.

“Not just developing a system, but its induction is also crucial. The industry should focus on this aspect,” he said. Presiding over the function, NPOL Director S Ananthanarayanan elaborated on the technological developments made by NPOL for the Indian Navy. Organising committee chairman Mohan P Mathew and convener Roshen Jacob also spoke at the inaugural session. The workshop was conducted as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of NPOL.

Various technical sessions were handled by John P Zacharia, Director (R&D), VSSC on ‘Quality and Reliability of Aerospace Electronics (Avionics Systems: Design, Realisation and Testing Strategies)’, Commodore Harshad Datar, DNRD, NHQ, on ‘Induction of DRDO Systems: A Naval perspective’ and V S Shenoi, NPOL, on ‘State-of-art WRC for ASW 350’.

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