On April 27, 2023, the Indian Navy and the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out a successful maiden test trial of the indigenously developed ‘ADC-150’ from the IL 38SD aircraft off the coast of Goa. This significant accomplishment is a major milestone in India’s defence capabilities. The ‘ADC-150’ is an air droppable container that can carry a payload of up to 150 kg, providing quick response to meet the critical engineering stores requirement of ships under distress, which are deployed more than 2,000 km away from the coast.
Enhancing Naval Operational Logistics Capabilities
The trial was conducted to enhance the naval operational logistics capabilities by reducing the requirement of ships to come closer to the coast to collect spares and stores. As a result, the ADC-150 offers a viable solution to reduce the operational challenges of naval logistics, particularly in cases of emergencies.
DRDO Laboratories Involved
Three DRDO laboratories, including Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam; Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra; and Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, were involved in the development of the ADC-150 container. These laboratories have contributed to the design, development, and successful testing of the container. This success can be attributed to the collaborative efforts of DRDO laboratories and the Indian Navy.
Crucial Flight Clearance Certification
The Regional Center for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), Kanpur, headed by the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC), Bengaluru, provided the crucial flight clearance certification. The ADC-150’s successful test flight has been a major accomplishment for the Indian Navy and the DRDO, showcasing India’s technological capabilities.
Congratulatory Message from Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO
The successful test trial of ADC-150 has been an impressive feat, and the Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO has congratulated the Indian Navy and the scientists involved in this achievement. The success of this maiden test trial has highlighted India’s growing expertise in the field of defence research and development.
In conclusion, the successful maiden test trial of the indigenous ‘ADC-150’ air droppable container has been a significant accomplishment for the DRDO and the Indian Navy. The ADC-150 container’s successful test flight has strengthened India’s defence capabilities, demonstrating its technological advancements in the field of defence research and development.