NEW TEST FACILITY
SVR II Ballistic Range Camera
Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE), Chandipur, has recently acquired an SVR II Ballistic Range Camera which is used in-flight for image acquisition of high speed transient phenomena like projectile behaviour and attitude in the intermeDIATe ballistic zone. It is based on a combination of gated image intensifier technology coupled with high resolution still video CCD camera. This camera needs an exposure time of as low as 200 ns. It is a single shot, multi-exposure camera where the number of exposures can vary from 1 to 16, depending on the requirement. The camera is interfaced to a laptop computer which controls parameters like delay, exposure time, separation, etc. Built-in image processing and analysis software facilitates both qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the dynamic event at the site.
RCMA Certifies IntermeDIATe Jet Trainer
The Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (Aircraft), Bangalore, has certified the IntermeDIATe Jet Trainer HJT -36, designed and developed by ARDC, HAL, Bangalore. This aircraft is expected to replace the ageing Kiran of IAF inventory. Clearance of these was a result of study of several documents and testing in India and abroad. Fourteen aircraft systems were cleared for flight after extensive study of over 400 systems related documents, test reports, specifications and test schedules, etc. Thirteen engine ground runs, and three low speed taxi trials were carried out. Based on the test results and analysis, RCMA (Aircraft) cleared HJT -36 PT -1 Aircraft for high speed taxi trials and first block of flight trials. The flight clearance certificate was signed on 6 March 2003. Later on, two high speed taxi trials were also carried out. The first flight of HJT -36 PT -1 Aircraft was carried out on 7 March 2003. The aircraft performed satisfactorily and without exceeding to flight limits specified in the flight clearance certificate.
NSTL Launches Light Weight Torpedo
A D&E model of Light Weight Torpedo (Advanced Experimental Torpedo) developed by Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, and produced by M/S BDL, Hyderabad was successfully launched in March 2003 and recovered after its rated performance and endurance off Vizag Coast. With this one more arsenal has been added to the armory of Indian Armed Forces. India thus joined the elite club of eight countries capable of producing torpedoes.