The Indian Air Force has successfully tested ‘Type V Heavy Drop System’ and declared it has a massive success under the ‘make in India’ campaign. The system would be useful with the transportation and dropping of arms, equipment and ammunition weighing upto 20 tonnes with the help of a parachute. After successful testing, the “Type V Heavy Drop System” was showcased at north tech symposium 2023 at IIT Jammu on September 11.
According to officials, the Type V Heavy Drop System has been designed and developed at the Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment, Agra (DRDO). The testing of the drop system was jointly completed by the Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment, Indian Armed Forces and Airbornics Defence and Space Pvt. Ltd. (Defence Division of JCBL).
“With the help of this system, arms/equipment’s /ammunition weighing up to 20 ton can be easily transported and dropped with the help of parachute in the battlefield or at inaccessible places including High Altitudes,” an official release from DRDO stated. The DRDO further stated that the Type V Heavy Drop System has been designed and developed by Aerial DRDO, Agra will 100% indigenous resources.
The type V Heavy Drop System has a platform, which is made of a special aluminium metal, a special multistage parachute system and consists of eight main canopies; three extractor parachutes, one drogue parachute and electrical, electronic, mechanical systems, along with other latching accessories and this drop system can be used for C-17, C-130 and other C-series aircraft. Meanwhile, preparation for the induction of the drop system into the Indian Armed Forces has been completed.
“Preparations have been completed for the induction of Type V Heavy Drop System into the Indian Armed Forces. It is being manufactured by Airbornics Defence and Space Pvt Ltd,” officials revealed. “Airbornics Defence & Space Private Limited is ready to undertake such development activities of more challenging nature to strengthen the Indian Armed Forces under Make in India initiative” the officials added.