Advanced Electronic Warfare system “SHAKTI”
The Prime Minister handed over the Advanced Electronic Warfare System ‘Shakti’ to the Indian Navy at a ceremony held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv on 19th November, 2021.
Shakti is meant for interception, detection, classification, identification and jamming of conventional and modern radars.
It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the capital warships of the Indian Navy
Prime Minister also presented the miniaturised model of Shakti Electronic Warfare System to the Chief of the Naval Staff at Jhansi Fort under the ongoing three- day ‘Raksha Samarpan Parv’
- Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahaotsav celebration.
- The PM also handed over indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopter (HAL’s LCH) and two small drones (SWITCH 1.0 UAV and MR-20) built by Indian start-ups to the Air Force.
Significance of SHAKTI:
Shakti will augment navy’s electronic intelligence capability for early warning, ships’ defence against missile attack, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for maritime domain awareness and ensure electronic dominance in the maritime battlefield.
Features of the Shakti Defence System:
- It has been designed and developed by Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- It will provide an electronic layer of defence against modern radars and anti-ship missiles to ensure electronic dominance and survivability in the maritime battlefield.
- This system will replace the earlier generation Electronic Warfare Systems of the Indian Navy.
- The system has been integrated with the wide band Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) for the defence of Indian Navy Ships against missile attacks.
- The ESM of the system helps in finding accurate direction and interception of modern radars. The system has a built-in radar fingerprinting and data recording replay feature for post-mission analysis.
Twelve Shakti Systems, developed by Defence Electronics Research Laboratory of DRDO are under
Production at Bharat Electronics Ltd trusted with more than fifty MSME’s at a total cost of Rs 1,805 crores said officials known with the development.
Major Milestone :
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO the Indian Navy and industry partners for the development of the Shakti system.
Addressing to the media he said that this will enhance the capabilities of the Indian Navy.
It is a major milestone towards AatmaNirbhar Bharat in the areas of advanced defence technologies.
SHAKTI Inducted in Indian Navy:
The first Shakti System was installed in INS Vishakhapatnam and INS Vikrant. As of November 2021, there are twelve Shakti systems under production at Bharat Electronics Limited.
The production of these systems is supported by more than fifty MSMEs.
These systems that are under development are to be installed in warships that are under production. They are P – 17A, P – 15B and Talwar class.
The Programme SAMUDRIKA was launched to design and develop seven electronic warfare systems. They were grouped under two projects. They are air borne projects and Ship borne projects. The ship borne systems are NAYAN, SHAKTI and TUSHAR. The air borne systems are SARAKSHI, NIKASH, SARANG and SARVADHARI
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE). It is an Electronic Warfare System consisting of Radar Warning and Jammer.
The main features of this Electronic Warfare System include an additional capability of nullifying the effect of detected radar threat by appropriate mode of jamming.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested advanced electronic warfare system on the Tejas-PV1, a Light combat aircraft of the Indian Air force.