Sahayak Mk I Innovation Supporting Indian Navy’s Mission Based Deployments
Indian Navy successfully carried out testing of Sahayak Air Droppable Containers, developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam in collaboration with Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra. The containers can be air-dropped to enhance Navy’s operational logistics capability at sea. With capacity of up to 50 kg, these containers can carry spares for ships up to 2000 km away from the coast.
The trials were undertaken into the Arabian Sea on 8 January 2019 from an IL-38 aircraft off the coast of Goa. A test payload of 50 kg was dropped in the container, which descended to the sea with the help of a parachute. Speaking after the trials, a naval spokesperson said: The containers would reduce the requirement of ships to be close to the coast for collecting spares and stores, thereby increasing the duration of their deployment.
The Sahayak containers would enhance navy’s operational logistics capability. “Sahayak is a lightweight air droppable container fitted with a parachute system designed to carry critical engineering stores up to 50 kg for distressed Indian naval ships at mid sea. It is dropped from a fixed wing aircraft near the vicinity of the ship in sea” he further added.
The GFRP containers are designed to withstand water entry shocks and are completely water tight. The parachute system helps to control the rate of descent of the container. This system has P4M Pyro Cutter Mechanism, designed and developed by NSTL, for separation of pilot parachute from main parachute. With the success of these trials, series production of Sahayak containers and parachutes would be undertaken The product has high export potential.
This will reduce the requirement of ships to close coast for collecting spares and stores, thereby increasing the deployment duration. These cylindrical containers are indigenously developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory and Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO said the Indian Navy
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Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam was establishedon August 20, 1969 to undertake research and development of complete major naval systems (Underwater Mines, Torpedoes, Fire Control Systems, Weapon Launchers, Targets, Decoys, etc) for the Indian Navy to make it self-reliant. NSTL was established to work towards design and development of underwater weapons and associated systems and structural design of naval platforms. The vision, mission and core competence of the laboratory are as follows:
NSTL was established to work towards design and development of underwater weapons and associated systems and structural design of naval platforms. The vision, mission and core competence of the laboratory are as follows:
Aeronautical Development Establishment [ADE] – Over the last two decades, ADE has become a renowned systems establishment meeting the needs of all three armed forces in the field of military aviation with the in-house development of state-of-the-art systems and technologies.