DRDO develops heavy drop system improving Army’s para-dropping capacity
DRDO has developed a 16 ton capacity Heavy Drop System (HDS) to improve Army’s para-dropping capacity. The system (HDS) consists of a platform and a highly advanced system of parachutes to drop loads consisting of military stores such as vehicles including BMP class, supplies and ammunition from IL-76 heavy lift aircraft.
Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), an Agra-based laboratory of the DRDO designed and developed the three prototypes of the system. These systems are re-usable type to provide drop practice to the troops during their regular military training during peace time.
The bulk production of 146 numbers is being initiated at L&T for the mechanical platform and OPF Kanpur for the parachute systems.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
- Formed in 1958, works under the Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defense.
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Aim: To make India prosperous by establishing world-class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.
Note: The system is extension of technology developed by DRDO for ‘P-7 HDS’, the 7-tonne capacity Heavy Drop System developed earlier and already accepted by Indian Army for induction