Indigenous variants of ‘chaff rockets’
GS Paper - 3 Defence Technology
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed three variants of a ‘chaff rocket’ for the protection of naval ships from guided-missile attacks. Chaff rocket is primarily a mechanism that when fired acts as a decoy to deflect the guiding mechanism of enemy missiles. The Ministry of Defence on 5 April 2021 said the DRDO’s facility Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ) has indigenously developed three variants of this critical technology.
- The names of this critical technology are Short Range Chaff Rocket (SRCR), Medium Range Chaff Rocket (MRCR) and Long Range Chaff Rocket (LRCR), meeting the Navy’s qualitative requirements.
- The Navy recently conducted trials of all three variants from a warship deployed in Arabian Sea and found the performance satisfactory.
- Chaff is an electronic countermeasure technology used by militaries worldwide to protect naval ships or other sensitive targets from radar and radio frequency (RF) guiding mechanisms of the enemy missile.
- The chaff rockets deployed in the air reflect as multiple targets for the missile guidance systems and deflecting adversary missiles, thus protecting their own assets.
- The DRDO has gained expertise to meet futuristic threats from adversaries. The technology is being given to the industry for production in large quantities.