DRDO develops products to help Indian army in Eastern Ladakh
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the government agency charged with the military’s research and development, has developed new space heating devices, called ‘Him Tapak’, for Indian Army personnel deployed in eastern Ladakh, Siachen, and other high altitude areas.
These devices will be kept in military tents or in other small places to keep the surrounding temperature warm and protect the personnel from the cold.
DIPAS, which conducts physiological and biomedical research to improve human performance in extreme and wartime environment has developed ‘Alocal cream’ that helps in preventing frostbite chilblains and other cold injuries to soldiers deployed in extremely cold areas. It has also developed a ‘flexible water bottle’ and ‘Solar Snow Melter’ to address the issue of drinking water problems in freezing temperatures.
Dr Varshney said that the Army has placed orders worth Rs 420 crores to the manufacturers of ‘Him Taapak’.
“The Indian Army has placed orders worth Rs 420 crores to the manufacturers of this device and they would be deployed in all new habitats of Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), where the temperature is low,” Varshney said.
He said the new heating device has three improvements from the earlier devices developed by DIPAS.
“We have developed one improved space heating device named Bukhari. It has three improvements. First is oil consumption in this device is almost half and as per our calculation, we will be able to save almost Rs 3,650 crore in a year.
Very soon it will be deployed all the deployment point of Army,” he said.
“Second, at high altitude, the speed of the wind is also high. With that speed, there is a backblast. With this design, there is no backblast.
Even if some air is coming to this, the device has three horizontal double-layered plates which can cut the air, so there be no blast. It is a blast-proof Bukhari. The third is that the device is 6 litres capacity device, and combustion is 100 per cent. So, there is no chance that it will produce carbon monoxide and other hazardous gas,” he added.