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Drive-by-wire tanks proposed: Dr Natarajan

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Bangalore, Feb 23 (UNI) Dr M Natarajan, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, today informed that there was a proposal to develop drive-by-wire tanks for research purposes.

Talking to newspersons after inaugurating the two-day ninth International Conference on Electro Magnetic Interference and Compatibility here, he clarified that it was not meant for Defence purposes. ''Drive-by-wire need not be operated using remote control ...of course it can also be done, but in this, driver need not hold the steering.'' Earlier, in his inaugural address at the conference, Dr Natarajan stressed the need for improving technology in the field of EMI as other countries had advanced technology in surveillance.

Presenting a case for integrating various systems, he said the overall compatibility of all devices and equipment must co-exist harmoniously in the overall electro-magnetic environment.

''Products with no previous need for EMI/EMC control must now comply with the regulations, including dish washers, video cassette recorders, industrial equipment and even electronic toys,'' he added.

Dr Natarajan said military, space and other Government applications must control the emissions of electronics for security, weapon systems functionality or proper communicatons, most often to a level far below the commercial emissions/susceptibility level.

''This increased control requires additional EMI/EMC design features and greater expense, just when these applications are being forced to reduce costs.'' MORE UNI MSP GD GM1415

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