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Maareech: Advanced Torpedo Decoy System

Sun 28 Jun, 2020

Recently, Indian Navy has inducted an Advanced Torpedo Defence System (ATDS) called ‘Maareech’ that is capable of being fired from all frontline ships. ‘Maareech’is developed by 'Defense Research and Development Organization' (DRDO).

Background

  • 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.
  • 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.

Major Highlight

  • 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.

Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL)

  • It is an Indian defense laboratory of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) located in Visakhapatnam whose main function is to carry out research and development for underwater weapons and related systems.

Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL)

  • NPOL sonar system located in Kochi, Kerala, is responsible for research and development related to technology for underwater monitoring, marine environment and ocean water study.