- Apr 8, 2016
what will be the realistic gestation period for all these DEW tech
Probably, US has already in operation, China is about to operationlize. By 2025-30, we could match both of them in military aspects(except Air Force).what will be the realistic gestation period for all these DEW tech
NEW DELHI: A dozen "laser walls" have been made operational along the India-Pakistan international border in Punjab to plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain and keep an effective vigil against intruders and terrorists exploiting the frontier areas to cross over.
While eight infra-red and laser beam intrusion detection systems are "up and working" along as many vulnerable and sensitive areas of the international border (IB) in Punjab, four more will be operationalised in the next few days, a senior official of the Border Security Force (BSF) said.
The "laser walls" or fence are being monitored by the BSF which guards the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The decision to install these laser walls was taken by the BSF two years ago keeping in mind the vulnerability of the border in these areas as barbed wire fencing could not be installed in many infiltration prone areas due to treacherous terrain or marshy riverine topography.
After the Pathankot terror attack, where it was suspected that terrorists crossed over from Pakistan by breaching the border from Bamiyal area in Punjab, Union home ministry and BSF sped up the deployment and activation of these walls along the long and winding border.
A total of 45 such laser walls will be installed in these areas along the international border in Punjab and Jammu, a blueprint prepared in this regard and accessed by PTI said.
According to the blueprint, the BSF along with a team of technical experts will be conducting a pilot project for deploying "technological solutions" for effective border guarding at two "sensitive" riverine stretches in Jammu sector which entails deployment of smart sensors to pick up suspected movements along the international border.
"The laser walls have started working and their functioning is being monitored. Preliminary results in detecting illegal movements are encouraging," the official said.
He said sensors were being monitored through a satellite-based signal command system and armed with night and fog operability tools.
Apart from these, four other pilot projects of similar kind in stretches of 30-40 kms of international border in Jammu and Gujarat and one in West Bengal along Indo-Bangla border have been approved by Home Ministry to secure Indian borders effectively.
"Work on them will begin by next month," he said.
After the Pathankot incident, BSF had deployed an additional battalion (about 1,000 men) in Punjab sector even as it has increased the number of its ambush operations and patrol in the area.
The BSF is also considering deploying at least four more battalions in Punjab and Jammu border areas as a second-tier of defence after withdrawing these units from the Line of Control.
Yup. Operationalized and deployed on all their expeditionary ships.Probably, US has already in operation, China is about to operationlize. By 2025-30, we could match both of them in military aspects(except Air Force).
So, this project can be proved a boon for our AF.
Indian Navy plans for its Future warships in next decade or so will see the incorporation of two revolutionary fitments : integrated mast housing L-,S- and X-band active phased-array radars and Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) effectors on warships which are still on drawing boards and on their follow-up designs. DEW effectors primarily to be used as a self-defence weapon system against Uav’s, Incoming sea skimming anti-ship missiles or subsonic cruise missiles.
Research and Development on DEW for warships worldwide has already spawned several solutions that are now undergoing sea-trials and will see the incorporation of DEWs soon in many frontline warships while India is seriously lacking behind in this category but DEWs are one of the priorities projects which DRDO plans to focus next.
DRDO’s Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) been tasked to build India’s Star Wars-like weapon systems for the Indian Armed forces in the near future have finally begun testing a vehicle-mounted “gas dynamic laser-based DEW system dubbed ” Aditya” which is a technology demonstrator to prove beam control technology.
LASTEC also plans to develop Air-defence variant of DEWs which can be used against UAVs, Helicopters at a range of 5-10kms which can guard airspace of an area of 10 km with a 360° view and a likely spinoff and a Naval variant for warships will also be developed.
In the US for instance, Northrop Grumman has designed and produced a 150kW laser-based DEW weapons system and have plans in place to develop 100W DEW weapons using advanced solid-state lasers in near future and finally move to Megawatt-class designs with electron-injection lasers which will likely make its debut in 2020 which theoretically damage enemy warships.
Europe’s MBDA also has developed gad-dynamic carbon dioxide laser with 50kW power .Rheinmetall of Germany to has developed a 10kW high-energy laser (HEL) . It’s not clear if Indian Navy plans to get DEWs weapons systems from abroad or will be working with India’s DRDO in developing them indigenously since India’s own R&D in DEWs are still in infancy stage which will require few more years to mature as a weapon system.
10 KW weapon is already tested.
- Hand-held laser dazzler to disorient adversaries, without collateral damage. 50-metre range. Status: Ready.
- Crowd-control dazzlers mounted on vehicles to dispel rioting mobs. 250-metre range. Status: Will take 2 more years.
- Laser-based ordnance disposal system, which can be used to neutralise IEDs and other explosives from a distance. Status: Trials begin in 18 months.
Courtesy : Wikipedia
- Air defence dazzlers to take on enemy aircraft and helicopters at range of 10 km. Status: Will take 2 more years.
- 25-kilowatt laser systems to destroy missiles during their terminal phase at range of 5 to 7 km. Status: Will take 5 more years.
- At least 100-kilowatt solid-state laser systems, mounted on aircraft and ships, to destroy missiles in their boost phase itself. Status: Will take a decade.
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