DRDO formulating measures to combat Maoists and militants

      Defence Research and Development Organisation chief V K Saraswat on Thursday said that DRDO was formulating new defence and offence measures for use by the armed forces as well as the para-military personnel to combat the Maoists and the militants. "These technologies we can make use of in customized form for our internal security forces; CRPF, BSF and our state police forces. Now they need different types of equipments for identifying the movement of terrorists or the Maoist or the Naxalites within the jungles, within the mountains and the forests," said Saraswat. "We need what is called as foliage penetration. We need electronic system by which we can pass the message exchange by the Maoists. So these systems are available for our armed forces," he added delivering the convocation address at Bharathiar University in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city. Saraswat also mentioned that use of air strike and an extensive commanding system to combat the Maoists is possible with the latest innovations by the DRDO scientists, noting that the security forces could track the movements of the Maoists easily with the help of these gadgets. "We are converting the existing radars to meet the requirements of internal security forces. Similarly deception, similarly intersection. It will help them to find out where the terrorists are moving," said Saraswat. "Also it will help in jamming the radio frequency signals, which are used by them to trigger the mines. Identifying where the mines are hidden. All these technologies are possible today and for the off shoot that we have developed for the defence," he added. DRDO has a network of 52 laboratories which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronic and computer sciences, human resource development, life sciences, materials, missiles, combat vehicles development and naval research and development. The organisation includes more than 5,000 scientists and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel.

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