Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and Ordnance Factory Medak (OFMK) have developed a soft recovery system for supersonic projectile, according to a press release from IIT-K.
OFMK is a Nigam Limited (AVNL) armored vehicle unit.
The Soft Recovery System (SRS) has the potential to stop the motion of a 30mm supersonic projectile traveling at a speed of approximately Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound, at a distance of 50 meters.
SRS technology is used for the recovery of a projectile after an initial impact with minimal damage. This is to ensure the development of smart, smart warheads with maximum efficiency and minimum collateral damage. Acquiring SRS technology is a prerequisite for developing smart, guided munitions, officials said.
This SRS technology was developed under the collaborative efforts and guidance of Prof. Nachiketa Tiwari of IIT-K, Alok Prasad, Managing Director, OFMK, the statement said.
“Heartfelt congratulations to the entire team for successfully developing the SRS projectile system in collaboration with OFMK. This is a milestone in the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative of the Government of India,” said Lt. Gen. A. Mukherjee (retired).
“My compliments to Professor Nachiketa Tiwari of IIT-K and Alok Prasad, GM, Ordnance Factory, Medak for jointly developing the SRS to reinforce the growing need for smart munitions to ultimately manufacture smart bombs that will dramatically increase accuracy artillery shells,” said Lt. Gen. Sanjay Kulkarni (Retired).
“Artillery shells have huge dispersion and are known as area weapons. Now, with increased kill probability thanks to SRS technology, artillery will be able to fire killer projectiles that will be more lethal and more accurate, reducing thus the cost of neutralizing targets. I sincerely believe that this will strengthen our determination to become self-sufficient in critical technologies and also improve our export potential,” he added.
“The development of futuristic munitions requires advanced validation techniques and the SRS is the most important of all. This is a unique capability that should be extended to higher caliber ammo. Such test facilities will help design agencies and defense startups in the field of smart munitions development,” said Bharat Singh, Managing Director of OFMK (Retired).
Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT-K said, “IIT-K promotes multi-stakeholder collaboration for holistic development in the research and innovation sector. In this regard and I am pleased that IIT-K has contributed to key development in the field of defense by developing the SRS.This would not only assist in the effective recovery of supersonic projectiles, but would also contribute to the larger objective of achieve India’s autonomy in the development of advanced defense systems.
Only a few countries have SRS at the moment AND with this development, India has joined some countries that have it. The IIT Kanpur team was involved in the concept development, design and virtual validation of the SRS, officials said. They also undertook sub-assembly testing; while AVNL’s OFMK was instrumental in manufacturing and assembling the roughly 50-meter-long to exacting standards, officials said.
Last year, IIT-K and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer a customized Master of Design (M.Des.) program to OFB-sponsored officers, to help them design sophisticated weapons and weapon systems. .