DRDO hands over Medium Range-Microwave Obscurant Chaff Rocket to Indian Navy

New Delhi, June 26 (UNI) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday handed over the Medium Range Microwave Obscurant Chaff Rocket (MR-MOCR) to the Indian Navy at a ceremony here.

Microwave Obscurant Chaff (MOC), a niche technology developed by DRDO’s Defense Laboratory, Jodhpur, obscures radar signals and creates a microwave shield around platforms and assets, thus reducing radar detection, an official statement said.

A special type of fiber, with a diameter of a few microns and unique microwave obscuration properties, has been assembled in the medium-range chaff rocket. The rocket, when fired, forms a microwave-obscurant cloud in space, spreading over a sufficient area with adequate persistence time, thus creating an effective shield against hostile threats with radio frequency seekers.

The Phase-I trials of MR-MOCR were successfully conducted on Indian Navy ships, demonstrating the MOC cloud blooming and being persistent in space. In Phase-II trials, the Radar Cross Section (RCS) reduction of an aerial target to the extent of 90 percent has been demonstrated and cleared by the Indian Navy.

The number of MR-MOCRs meeting all the qualification requirements has been successfully handed over to the Indian Navy.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has complimented DRDO and the Indian Navy on the successful development of MR-MOCR. He termed the MOC technology another step towards achieving Aatmanirbharta in defense.

The MR-MOCR has been handed over by Secretary, Department of Defense R&D, and Chairman, DRDO Samir V Kamat, to Director General of Naval Armament Inspection, Indian Navy Rear Admiral Brijesh Vashistha.

The DRDO Chairman also congratulated the Defense Laboratory, Jodhpur, team for this significant achievement. The Director General of Naval Armament Inspection, Indian Navy, also applauded the efforts of DRDO for indigenously developing this strategically important technology in a short span of time.

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