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Parrikar dedicates SMB facility to nation

Union Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar hands over the Maareech-Advanced Torpedo Defence System developed by the DRDO to the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R K Dhowan at a function in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. A PTI Photo.

VISAKHAPATNAM (PTI): Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has dedicated to the nation the Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin (SMB) here putting India among the few nations in the world having the capability to undertake comprehensive hydrodynamic model testing of naval platforms and weapon systems.

SMB facility is one of its kind in the country, set up as a joint effort of DRDO and Indian Navy. SMB would help to design and build state-of-the-art naval combatants such as submarines, ships, torpedoes among others.

The Minister also handed over the Maareech - Advanced Torpedo Defence System developed by DRDO to the Navy Chief.

Maareech, a joint project of Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi and NSTL, Visakhapatnam is a state-of-the-art indigenous system for torpedo detection and countermeasures.

This system offers a complete solution to detect and locate the incoming torpedo and to apply countermeasures to protect naval platform against torpedo attack.

Two production grade Maareech systems have been developed and user evaluation trials completed onboard two Indian Navy ships, a statement by the Navy said on Saturday.

Complementing the vital role of DRDO towards self-reliance and promoting the Make in India efforts, the Defence Minister said the development of complex system - Maareech is an excellent model of synergy between DRDO, Indian Navy, public and private industries, demonstrating yet another milestone in Make in India program.

Later, the Defence Minister gave away the prestigious DRDO National awards to DRDO Scientists across the country for their significant contributions and achievements made towards development of various weapon systems and technologies.

Meanwhile, Shipwright School, a premier technical establishment and alma-mater for Naval Architect Officers, Shipwright Officers and Shipwright Sailors of the Indian Navy, was commissioned as Indian Naval Ship Vishwakarma by Naval chief Admiral R K Dhowan.


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