On June 26, 2020, Indian Navy inducted an Advanced Torpedo Decoy System (ATDS) namely ‘Maareech’ that is capable of being fired from all frontline warships. It is equipped with sonars and towed and expendable decoys, which are capable of detecting, confusing, diverting and decoying the incoming torpedoes.
- This induction will provided a huge boost to the Indian Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities.
- The design and development of this ATDS have been done by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) labs viz. Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi in Kerala and the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (AP).
- On the other hand, the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), would undertake the production of this decoy system.
-Maareech system consists of mainly four subsystems i.e. Wet end system, Winch System, On-board Electronics and System Software.
-The prototype of the Maareech system was installed onboard a naval platform and had successfully completed all user evaluation trials and demonstrated the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements (NSQRs).
– The decoy helps in exhausting the energy of the torpedo by running the later through long and ineffective course and prevents them from homing in to the targeted platform with its advanced counter-measure capabilities.
-It’s induction has given the major fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Headquarter– New Delhi
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
About Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL):
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Venkateswara Gowtama Mannava