DRDO systems to help in CBRN emergencies

Issue No. 5 | March 01-15, 2012

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a slew of ground-based and unmanned aerial systems to detect chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies. The DRDO is developing systems and equipments which will map a contaminated area with zero human exposure.

“We are developing ground-based and unmanned aerial systems which can be deployed deep in the affected zones to map and record level of contamination during CBRN emergencies,” DRDO’S Chief Controller, Life Sciences, Dr W. Selvamurthy has said.

DRDO has a major ongoing programme till 2014 to develop technologies to deal with CBRN emergencies. Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are also being developed for effective deployment in more critical areas,” he said.

DRDO is also investing Rs. 100 crore for setting up a national centre at Panipat in Haryana to train armed forces and paramilitary personnel as ‘first responders’ in CBRN emergencies.