India’s first indigenous Air Dropped Container ‘SAHAYAK-NG’ tested successfully by DRDO
- The SAHAYAK-NG, an air droppable container was tested
successfully by the Defence Ministry.
- It is the first indigenously developed
air droppable container.
- The SAHAYAK-NG can carry payload up to fifty kilograms.
- GPS enabled droppable container can be dropped from heavy aircraft.
- It is an advanced version of SHAYAK Mk I.
- The SAHAYAK-NG containers are completely water tight.
- They are designed to withstand water entry shocks.
- The rate of descent of SAHAYAK-NG container is controlled by
a parachute system.
- The SHAYAK-NG was designed by Defence Research Development
Organization (DRDO) and Avantel, a private company.
- The other entities involved
in the development of SAHAYAK-NG are NTSL, Visakhapatnam and ARDE, Agra.
- The test trials of SAHAYAK-NG were conducted by the Indian
Navy and DRDO.
- The SAHAYAK-NG will help to provide critical engineering
stores to ships that are deployed more than two thousand kilo metres from the
- It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the
coast to collect spares and stores.
- The three major types of air drop are low-velocity airdrop,
high-velocity air drop and free fall air drop.
- In a low-velocity airdrop, the parachutes are designed to
slow down the air droppable container as much as possible before it hits the
- What is high-velocity air drop?
- This type is meant to stabilize the fall.
- The parachute will
slow the air droppable container but not the extent of low-velocity airdrop.
- The method is used in delivering military ready to eat meals. LAPES is a high
velocity airdrop system. LAPES is Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System.
is currently the most advanced air drop system. It uses touch and go type
pattern where the load is ejected in extremely low altitude.
- Free Fall Airdrop is a type where no parachute is used and the load is
allowed to fall under gravity is called free fall airdrop.