Post the deadly India-China border conflict at Galwan Valley and other contentious border regions, the Indian Army is plugging all the possible gaps against a potential confrontation with China.
Recently, as EurAsian Times reported, the Indian government granted the three services emergency financial powers of up to Rs 500 crore per procurement project to buy munitions due to escalating border tensions with China.
The special financial powers have been granted to acquire ammunition and latest defence hardware at short notice to enhance their operational preparedness along the LAC.
Under these special financial powers, India is planning to acquire for Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and various other state-of-art defence equipment to counter Chinese aggression at the border.
To remain prepared for any possible confrontation with China and boosting ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has meanwhile developed P7 Heavy Drop System which is capable of para dropping heavy weaponry and military equipment up to 7 metric tonnes directly in a war zone including high-altitude mountainous terrains.
The P7 Heavy Drop System was tested successfully at the Malpura Dropping Zone in Agra by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE) of the DRDO where an IL-76 aircraft dropped heavy military hardware from the height of 600 meters.
The system incorporates five large parachutes that deploy concurrently to bring sensitive and heavy military hardware to the ground. The P7 Heavy Drop System is totally indigenous and can be deployed using IL-76 aircraft, according to experts.
“As part of mandatory requirement prior to accord Bulk Production Clearance (BPC), a joint team of Indian Army, IAF and ADRDE conducted validation Trials at Agra today, on two systems, which were dropped from IL76 ac from an altitude of 600 mtrs at 280 kmph speed. The store landed safely with the help of a cluster of five large size parachutes (750 sqm each),” according to a release by DRDO.
“The system has been manufactured with 100 per cent indigenous ferrous/non-ferrous materials. Engineering textiles for Parachutes have been developed with the latest combination of Fluorocarbon and Silicon treatment to provide water/oil repellency and improved abrasion resistance,” read the release.