Armour of defence

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    DRDO and other scientific agencies showcase their products that offer protection to the defence personnel during biological, chemical or nuclear warfare

    Going by the products showcased at the Bangalore India Bio 2010, it is clear the country is well-prepared for any kind of warfare, including biological, chemical or nuclear.

    In this direction, DRDO Gwalior displayed its 100 per cent ‘Made in India’ products, meant for the defence forces at the two-day show that began on Wednesday. We give you a peek into some of these.


    These are clothing for medical responders for rescue operations in nuclear, biological or chemical warfare emergencies.

    They are made of polyester fabric, which is waterproof. It is impervious to rain, sleet and snow. The suit has a mask with a filter made of particulate aerosol that provides contamination-free air to the wearer.

    Application: Detonating bombs, gas leaks and for sewer-cleaning. The suits are colour-coded. White is for medical personnel, orange for radiation safety officers and navy blue for the team leaders.


    A suit to rescue submariners from abandoned submarines. It is a self-control close-circuit breathing apparatus that allows the submariner to pass through various depths from 100m inside the sea to the surface with stops at each 10m during the ascent. The Indian Navy has asked for 500 such suits, according to sources.


    Even a milligram of ricin is enough to cause death. It can be put on door handles, on the pages of books or even be slipped into drinking water.

    To find out whether a solution has ricin in it or not, the DRDO has developed a test kit. A drop of the liquid suspected to have ricin into the kit will indicate through colours whether it has ricin or not.

    DRDO Gwalior is the nodal agency for dealing with applications for biological and chemical warfare. Throughout south Asia, only the laboratories from DRDO Gwalior are authorised to analyse such samples after accreditation from the UNO’s Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Agents Warfare (OPCW).

    One gram of ricin is produced from 1,000 kg of castor seeds. India is the third largest producer of castor seeds after Brazil and China.


    This antidote was developed to counter captured terrorists who try to commit suicide by consuming cyanide. Once the antidote is administered, the terrorist can be saved for gathering information.


    In case of a chemical warfare, blisters will appear and the effects can be fatal. DRDO has developed some powder that can be slathered over the skin.


    For persons affected by nerve agent poisoning, an antidote developed by the DRDO can be injected every five minutes on the hip or buttocks to remove the poison till the person feels normal.


    This is a test to check if the water has microbes. It is particularly of use during tsunami-like situations. The water turns black if contaminated.

    It is made for quick response medical teams for reducing the radiation load on the skin of personnel exposed to radiation after nuclear eventualities.

    The kit has items that decontaminate the skin. It can also be used for handling accidental spillage at various medical, agricultural and industrial centres using radioactive materials.

    Bangalore-based DEBEL (Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory), works under the Life Sciences Directorate of DRDO. It researches and develops technologies and products in the area of life support, medical and physiological protection systems for the Indian armed forces. DEBEL has developed.


    These are anti-gravity suits for fighter pilots. These fire-retardant suits help the pilot escape unhurt from aircraft fires where the temperature can reach 1200 degrees Celsius in 20 seconds. The pilot is protected by a special fabric that does not allow the skin to burn.

    It is also anti-gravity. As the aircraft gains or loses height quickly, it senses the gravity and pushes compressed air near the abdomen and legs. Such suits are currently used by Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) pilots.


    Instead of the oxygen cylinder, this apparatus enriches the air inside the aircraft so that pilots can breathe normally in the cockpits.

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