Defence Research and Development Organisation Current Affairs - 2020

DRDO Develops Range of Combat Casualty Drugs

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a range of combat drugs can extend the golden hour till the trooper is shifted to hospital. This range of drugs can bring down the death toll during instances like the recent Pulwama Terrorist Attack.

Combat Casualty Drugs

  • The spectrum includes bleeding wound sealants, super absorptive dressings and glycerinated salines, all of which can save lives in the event of warfare in jungle and high altitude areas as well as in terror attacks.
  • These medicines ensure that soldiers do not suffer from unwanted blood loss while being taken to better healthcare from war zones.
  • Glycerated saline, a battlefield intravenous fluid that does not freeze till -18 degrees Celsius and is useful in handling trauma cases in high altitude areas.
  • Glycerated saline has life-saving capacities as it gives more time to the medical personnel to shift the wounded patient to a higher care facility.

This range of casualty drugs are aimed at enhancing the chances of survival and minimum disability by providing effective first aid care is given within the golden hour.

Indigenously Developed Pinaka Guided Weapons System Successfully Test-Fired

The indigenously developed Pinaka Guided Weapons System was successfully test fired at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan. The successful test trial gives a boost to the artillery capability of the Indian Army. Pinaka Guided Weapon System is equipped with a guidance kit comprising an advanced navigation and control system.

Pinaka Guided Weapons System

Pinaka rocket systems are developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The rocket system was named after Pinaka, the bow of Lord Shiva.

Pinaka was initially a 30 to 40 km range rocket. Its range was increased 70 to 80 km with Pinaka Mark II. Pinaka rockets were used in the Kargil War with Pakistan. With the increased range there came a need for a more accurate. To fulfil this requirement guided version of the Pinaka is being developed by DRDO.

Test Trail

During the test trial, the Pinaka Guided Weapon System successfully impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry systems were used to track and monitor the vehicle all through the flight path. The weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.