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November 19, 2021

Indian Navy to receive DRDO-developed electronic warfare suite

The EW system is designed for the Indian Navy’s capital ships to detect, classify, identify, and jam modern radars.

The Indian Navy is set to receive Shakti, an advanced electronic warfare (EW) system designed and developed by the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) in Hyderabad.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over the system on 19 November during a ceremony to be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.

DRDL is a laboratory of the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The EW suite is designed for the Indian Navy’s capital ships to detect, classify, identify and jam conventional and advanced radars.

It will offer an electronic layer of defence against advanced radars and anti-ship missiles to maintain electronic dominance and survivability across the maritime domains.

The new Shakti EW system will replace the Indian Navy’s earlier generation EW Systems.

According to the MoD, the EW system has been combined with the wideband electronic support measures (ESM) and electronic counter measure (ECM) for defending Indian ships from missile attacks.

The system’s ESM helps in identifying the exact direction and interception of modern radars.

The Shakti EW system also has a built-in ‘radar fingerprinting and data recording replay’ feature for post-mission evaluation.

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) is currently producing 12 Shakti Systems, with support from over 50 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at a total cost of $243.06m (Rs18.05bn).

The systems are scheduled for installation aboard capital ships, which are currently under production. These include Talwar-class, P-15B-class and P-17A-class follow-on ships.

The first Shakti system has already been installed aboard Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, and is being installed aboard indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) INS Vikrant.

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