LRDE to bring out three multi-purpose radars

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Bangalore, Nov 11 (UNI) Defence Major Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) will soon bring out three multi-purpose radars which can be used by the Defence forces, LRDE Director S Varadarajan said today.

Describing them as 'Signature Projects' of the LRDE, Mr Varadarajan told newspersons here that work on to develop Medium Power Radar, Low-level Transport Radar and Synthetic Approach Radar was going on in full swing.

While Synthetic Approach Radar would be ready within 24 months, other two radars would be ready within the next 36 months to 40 months, he added.

Mr Varadarajan said unlike in earlier days the radars were manufactured for a particular purpose like surveillance, the new radars would be of multi-functional and could be used by any wing of the defence. The new radars, besides interception guidance by potential application, could be applied for fire control also.

''Unlike 'Rajendra,' a multifunction electronically scanned array radar, which was tied up with 'Akash,' the new radars in the pipeline can be utilised for any purpose,'' he added.

Mr Varadarajan said ''In these new products the hardware configuration and power level are highly programable. Our ultimate aim is to see that the new radars will be of multiple function and multi-application.'' Since the last one decade, LRDE had come out with 12 different types of radars, he said adding that already initiatives were taken to develop Active Electronic Scanning Array Radar for air borne application.

Replying to a question, he said though LRDE was not concerned with the volume of demand, certainly there was going to be increase in demand for multi-purpose and multi-functional radars once they were rolled out.

LRDE would celebrating its Golden Jubilee tomorrow.

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