India will have new arsenal on 14 of its warships to not just hunt enemy submarines at sea, but to also detect torpedoes and neutralise them.
Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded a contract for Rs 1, 349 crores ($ 179 million) with Indian company Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDSL) for procurement of specialised equipment to tackle enemy submarines.
The Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Defence Suites (IADS) will be put on 14 Indian Navy warships.
The IADS comes with an integrated capability for detecting enemy submarines and torpedoes at extended ranges as well as diverting incoming torpedoes fired by enemy submarines, said the MoD statement. Read it here
The MDSL is part of the Indian Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate which is estimated by ‘Forbes’ to be a company having $ 19.4 billion revenue. Read it here The company is in several verticals – it makes aerostructures, armoured vehicles, software, works on solar energy, makes high-end SUV’s and trucks among other equipment.
The bid for supplying the anti-submarine IDAS was won in a competition invited by MoD from among Indian companies.
The Indian Navy conducted a detailed trials at sea trials to prove the capability. IADS is a high-end underwater equipment that uses latest technology. It is designed to detect and protect warships from underwater threats. It is a versatile system capable of operations from all sizes of warships – small, medium, and large.
The complex array of sensors in water undertakes surveillance, and provides inputs for signal processing and analysis, to enable necessary action.
This advanced technology system is the first of its kind being developed by an Indian company for Indian Navy.