India flight tests indigenous air droppable container system

File Photo: DRDO’s Sahayak-NG air droppable container.

New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with the Indian Navy, today conducted the successful maiden test trial of ‘SAHAYAK-NG‘ India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL-38SD aircraft of the navy off the coast of Goa.

The trial was conducted by Indian Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships which are deployed more than 2,000 km from the coast. It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the coast to collect spares and stores.

Two DRDO laboratories — Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Visakhapatnam and Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment, Agra — were involved in the development of SAHAYAK-NG container along the industry partner Avantel for Global Positioning System integration.

SAHAYAK-NG is an advanced version of SAHAYAK Mk1. The newly developed GPS aided air dropped container is having the capability to carry a payload that weighs upto 50 kg and can be dropped from heavy aircraft.

DRDO Chairman and Secretary of Department of Defence Research and Development Dr G. Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO scientists, Indian Navy and the associated industry partners involved in the successful maiden trial.

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