India’s Homegrown Trawl System Passes Blast Trials

India’s Homegrown Trawl System Passes Blast Trials

The trawl system is capable of breaching a variety of landmines including passive and active influence mines and would help Indian Army’s mechanized forces to advance safely to combat zones in the event of war.
New Delhi (Sputnik) – Marking a major breakthrough in India’s quest for developing local defense technologies, the state-owned Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully designed and developed a trawl system that enables breaching of landmines and creating a vehicle safe lane, through a minefield for the advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone.
​The defense ministry has said that the system would soon be available for user evaluation trials by the Indian Army which has long been awaiting such a system to meet its operational requirements.
“The trawl system recently crossed a major milestone with the successful completion of blast trials in collaboration with HEMRL Pune, which demonstrated the survivability of the equipment, when subjected to successive series of blast directly underneath it. The fieldable prototype of the trawl system is in the final stage of realization and would be shortly ready for the conduct of user evaluation trials by the Army,” India’s defense ministry said in a statement.
The local development of trawls by DRDO is an important step towards achieving self-reliance in the area of critical military equipment under ‘Make in India’ initiative and would result in saving of foreign exchange for the country. In 2015, the Indian government had approved the purchase of 120 trawl systems for T-90 & T 72 tanks for approximately $65 million. Once approved by the Indian Army, the trawl system will be manufactured in bulk by state-owned BEL with the technological support of DRDO.

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