DRDO Launches Testing And Navigation Facility For Sonar Systems Of Indian Navy

Swarajya StaffTuesday, November 8, 2022 2:01 pm IST
Indian Navy's INS Vikrant.
Indian Navy's INS Vikrant.

Giving impetus to the ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ and India’s ‘Make in India’ commitment, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) launched hull module of Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterization and Evaluation (SPACE) facility at Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) Kochi recently, an official release said on Monday.

It is a state-of-the-art testing and evaluation facility for sonar systems developed for use by the Indian navy onboard various platforms, including ships, submarines and helicopters, the Defence Ministry said in a release.

The SPACE facility is based on the concept design and requirements projected by NPOL and has been constructed by L&T Shipbuilding, Chennai.

The facility will be mainly utilised for evaluating sonar systems, allowing for quick deployment and easy recovery of scientific packages such as sensors and transducers. 

The SPACE is one-of-a-kind facility in the world and Its uniqueness lies in the specially designed submersible platform, which can be lowered up to depths of 100 meters using a series of synchronously operated winches, the ministry said.

The design and construction of the platform meet all the statutory needs of Indian Register of Shipping and the vessel classifying authority and strictly adhere to the inspection and registration criteria as per Kerala Inland Vessel Rules, it added.

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