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NAVAL SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS

    NS & M cluster is headquartered at             products. These laboratories are:
Vishakhapatnam and is headed by Dr. SC
Sati, Distinguished Scientist. It consists of two  • Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur
domains viz. naval systems & materials.
                                                   • Defence  Metallurgical           Research
    Naval Systems: India has over 7000 kms
of maritime boundary. Recognizing the              Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad
importance of this strategic asset, DRDO
has three laboratories working exclusively         • Defence Materials and Stores Research and
for naval applications, keeping in mind the             Development Establishment (DMSRDE),
requirements for weapons and sensors of our             Kanpur
naval forces. The sphere of activity covers
sonar systems, torpedoes and anti-torpedo              These laboratories provide variety of
systems/weapons and materials for naval            specialized materials, technologies and
applications. The labs are:                        equipments for underwater, ground and space
                                                   uses, e.g. submarines, warships, aircrafts and
• Naval Materials Research Laboratory              exo-atmospheric missiles.
     (NMRL), Ambernath
                                                   NAVAL SYSTEMS
• Naval Physical and Oceanographic
     Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi                      2.7.1 Naval Materials Research
                                                   Laboratory (NMRL)
• Naval Science and Technological
     Laboratory (NSTL), Vishakhapatnam                 NMRL Ambernath under its present
                                                   charter has been pursuing basic research
    The cluster has recorded significant            as well as application oriented technology
achievements in the past e.g. first indigenously    development in several frontier areas like
developed integrated submarine sonar and           metallurgy, polymer, ceramics, coating,
tactical fire control system ‘Pachendriya’, the     corrosion, electrochemical protection, marine
helicopter sonar system ‘Mihir’, state-of-the-art  biology and environmental sciences. NMRL
hull mounted panoramic sonar ‘HUMSA’, light        has been given the status of single window for
weight torpedo ‘TAL’, processor based ground       materials for naval applications.
mine (PBGM), submarine fired decoy (SFD),
piezo-composite transducer elements, ceramics      Core Competencies/Thrust Areas
for body and vehicle armours, and various
paints technologies for corrosion protection.      • Development of metallic, polymeric,
                                                        ceramic and composites materials
    Materials: Development of sophisticated
weapon systems and products is to a great          • Processing technologies for materials and
extent dependent on the basic raw materials             their characterization
and processing techniques. DRDO has a
cluster of three labs looking exclusively at the   • Development of fuel cell power packs
materials development for its next generation
                                                   • Development of advanced protective
                                                        technologies for marine applications

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