DRDO Hands Over Hi-Tech Shelters to the Indian Army For Use at High Altitudes


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has made Integrated Thermally Regulated Shelters for the Indian Army, that would provide protection to the soldiers against extreme climatic condition of the Himalayan regions. These were dedicated by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Secretary, Defence R&D and DG, DRDO to the HQ 14 Corps at a function in Leh, Ladakh yesterday. Dr. Saraswat handed over these shelters to Lt. General Ravi Dastane, GOC, HQ 14 Corps in the presence of Dr. W Selvamurthy, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D (Life Sciences & International Cooperation) and other senior officers from Army and DRDO HQrs.

These shelters designed and developed by DRDO, are equipped with integrated temperature regulators, biodigestors and air monitoring systems. The shelter design is modular and all the services like HVAC, electrical, plumbing and water supply, sewage disposal, kerosene gensets and solar power are well integrated within the shelter. The shelters have been designed to withstand seismic activities upto a level of zone 5, wind velocities upto 55 m/sec and sub-zero temperature upto – 35 degree Celsius. The Carbon Dioxide level inside the shelter is closely monitored and maintained within the safe limits.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Saraswat thanked the GOC 14 Corps for his wholehearted support to DRDO, particularly the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). He also assured DRDO’s continued support and cooperation to the armed forces present in the region. Dr. Saraswat also thanked the local authorities and farmers in the region for their support to DIHAR. He stressed on the large scale utilization of solar and other non-conventional energy resources to meet the energy requirements at high altitude regions. He also appreciated the dedicated efforts made by the personnel of Directorate of Civil Works & Estates (DCW&E), DRDO HQ, in restoring the infrastructure and facilities after the devastation caused by flash floods last year. The Directorate, which has made outstanding contribution in highly specialized nature of civil works required to be carried out at DRDO facilities, many of them located in difficult and hazardous areas, has been instrumental in design and development of these shelters.

Dr. Selvamurthy apprised the soldiers and officers present during the occasion on the life support systems developed by various DRDO labs. He particularly appreciated DIHAR’s contribution in development of agro-animal technology which had led to an annual production of 5,000 metric tonnes of fresh vegetables. In addition, over 25 percent of requirement of milk and over 15 percent of the requirement of meat is being met locally. Later, Dr. Saraswat visited the DIHAR where he launched a herbal adaptogenic appetizer developed by DIHAR, which has high antioxidant and adaptogenic properties. The formulation is effective in ameliorating hypoxia induced decrease in appetite. Since the extreme climatic conditions and low “oxygen partial pressure” at high altitude adversely affects several physiological processes and leads to loss of appetite, the herbal appetizer will improve the endurance to high altitude and augment the performance of our troops in the high altitude regions. Dr. Saraswat appreciated the research initiatives and efforts taken by the scientists of DIHAR and released the 50 years logo of DIHAR during the occasion.

Dr. RB Srivastava, Director, DIHAR, Leh, Dr. G Ilavazhagan, Director, Directorate of Life Sciences, DRDO HQrs, Dr. (Mrs.) Shashi Bala Singh, Director, Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Research (DIPAS), Delhi and Shri DP Makkar, Addl Director (Works), DCW&E, DRDO HQrs were also present on the occasion.

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