The Indian Army was handed over Swati – a weapon-locating radar – by the DRDO on Thursday. According to defence minister Manohar Parrikar, this deployment of Swati will help to tackle cross-border artillery firing to a great extent.
Sources further said that the four radars placed along the LoC for trial have already proved their mettle since artillery firing from Pakistan have considerably reduced after their deployment. Thirty more radars have been ordered by the Indian Army.
Pakistani army is now aware of the simple fact that if they resort to shelling, Indian Army will not just retaliate but pinpoint the exact location of where the shells are coming from, and then, unleash hell within seconds.
According to a defence source:
“The radars have been on the LoC for two months now for trials. Artillery fire has gone down.”
Swati, the weapon locating radar, has been developed by the Electronic and Radar Development Establishment of DRDO. It provides fast and accurate location of enemy artillery including shells, mortars and rockets. It is also capable of guiding fire from an artillery gun attached to it, thus ensuring the destruction of enemy.
Applauding the scientists behind such a creation, Manohar Parrikar said:
“Swati could be a great equipment to ensure adversaries do not use artillery fire. If the LoC is devoid of any artillery fire in the near future, you can be sure Swati radar has gone there.”
Terming the radar as created out of “passive array”, the minister also suggested the DRDO to develop a radar using “active array” in a couple of years.
He further congratulated DRDO for the successful trial of successful trial of exo-atmospheric Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile and endo-atmospheric Advanced Air Defence missile, and said:
“Last year has been very fruitful for the DRDO. There were around 25 missile tests… usually they get criticism.”