DRDO plans Star Wars-style weapons for battles of future
NEW DELHI: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is now planning a national programme on directed energy weapons (DEWs) like high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves, which are increasingly being considered crucial around the world for the contactless conflicts of the future.
The national programme will have short, medium and long-term goals, with the eventual aim being to develop different DEW variants of up to 100 kilowatt power, in collaboration with the domestic industry, sources said.
The DRDO has been working on several DEW projects for long, ranging from ‘chemical oxygen iodine’ and ‘high-power fibre’ lasers to a secretive ‘Kali’ particle-beam weapon for ‘soft-kills’ against incoming missiles and aircraft.
But they are nowhere near becoming operational. The need for a focussed approach on DEWs has now gained urgency amid the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
DRDO has so far developed two anti-drone DEW systems, which will now be productionised in large numbers with the help of the industry. While one is a trailer-mounted DEW, with a 10 kilowatt laser to engage aerial targets at 2-km range, the other is a compact tripod-mounted one with a 2 kilowatt laser for a 1-km range.
Successfully demonstrated to the armed forces, intelligence agencies and police forces in field operations, the two systems can bring down micro drones by either jamming their command and control links or damaging their electronics through the laser-based DEW, officials said.
These indigenous systems, however, are extremely modest compared to the much more powerful DEWs developed by countries like the US, Russia, China, Germany and Israel to destroy multiple drones, vehicles and boats.
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DRDO must partner with private industry and go ahead to develop these technologies
Good, hope they actually do it and do it soon enough so that it's not outdated by the time its released.. DRDO
BIG Indian MO
Indian BIG mouth at its best again. Why not learn how to make a simple rifle with bullets first, then boast and brag?
Start paying more to the R&D guys, stop quota system in hi tech / defense courses to get best talent. Invest in labs , give the determined scientists a free hand without politics.
Then all possible.
Well, DRDO should focus more on alternatives for those equipment, which are imported.
Indians have big mouth, fake patriot. india will never chnage
We are the only nation in the world with two extremely cunning nuclear power adversaries and yet we have allowed ourselves to have been se very left behind in DEWs to US, Russia, China, Germany and Israel and who knows even Pak.
Give me one weapon made by DRDO?
Have they delivered fifth generation stealth fighter jet, that they are planning Mao style "leap forward'.
First learn to make a decent Assault Rifle, then talk.
dear DRDO...While we admire your resolve to be ahead of technology curve, you must improve execution efficiency
Sincerely hope that the govt does not sit on these projects for the next 20 years. In that time period, these weapons will become obsolete or redundant.
why does defence information comes as news. wont our enemies develop this or find defence mechanism. In Battle we all know surprise element is the key. But INdia is the only country which releases the plan even before we have the technology!!!
DRDO was created by Nehru. Nice headline to divert attention from the Coronavirus
What a great idea to first run to the press when you are in dream stage...
DRDO has been the bane of Indian defence industry... No original ideas... Cooy something what other countries are doing.... A few things require to be under wraps
GOOD LUCK ONCE THEY PARTNER WITH PRIVATE PLAYERS LIKE TATA OR LT THINGS WILL MOVE FOR A BETTER FUTURE OF INDIA.
We Indians are prepared to skip a meal so as to ensure massive weaponization of Indian troops. We cannot trust the two rogue nations on our borders
Since when DRDO started cracking jokes
First try to make a normal weapon like AK 47.
DRDO is an incompetant organisation. they took more than 30 years for a light weight combat air fighter tejas. defense sector in india shd be opened for private companies like tata and reliance only then we can expect some innovation and improvement..
Modiji is undisputed leader of the world
DRDO must first learn to keep its mouth shut.
'War' is the mother of Technology .