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Advanced Torpedo Decoy System: Maareech

  • 27 Jun 2020
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The Indian Navy has inducted an Advanced Torpedo Defence System (ATDS) called ‘Maareech’ that is capable of being fired from all frontline ships.

  • Torpedoes are self propelled weapons with a warhead and can be used under or on the water surface. They are one of the mainstay of sea-warfare attack systems.

Key Points

  • Description:
    • ‘Maareech’ has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and it is capable of detecting, locating and neutralizing incoming torpedoes.
    • Bharat Electronics Limited, a Defence PSU, would undertake the production of this decoy system.
  • Working:
    • Maareech detects and locate the incoming torpedo and applies countermeasures to protect the naval platform against attack.
    • It first detects and then confuses and divert the torpedo attacks on ships from under the water.
    • By diverting the torpedoes' original course, it forces it to lose its energy thus preventing it from being effective on target.
  • Significance:
    • This induction not only stands testimony to the joint resolve of the Indian Navy and DRDO towards indigenous development of defence technology, but has also given a major fillip to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and the country’s resolve to become ‘Atmanirbhar’ in niche technology.

Source: PIB

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