What is the News?
The Prime Minister will formally hand over the advanced electronic warfare system ‘Shakti’ to the Chief of Naval Staff at a ceremony in Jhansi.
What is Shakti?
Shakti is an advanced electronic warfare(EW) system developed for the Indian Navy.
Designed and Developed by: Defence Electronics Research Laboratory in Hyderabad, which is part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Aim: To provide an electronic layer of defence against modern radars and anti-ship missiles to ensure survivability in the maritime battlefield.
The First Shakti system has been installed on-board INS Visakhapatnam and is being installed on-board Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant.
What are the Key Features of Shakti?
Firstly, it has been designed for the Indian Navy’s capital warships for the purposes of interception, detection, classification, identification and jamming of conventional and modern radars.
Secondly, the system has been integrated with the wideband electronic support measures (ESM) and electronic countermeasures for the defence of Indian Navy ships against missile attacks. The ESM of the system helps in finding accurate direction and interception of modern radars.
Thirdly, the system has a built-in radar fingerprinting and data recording replay feature for post-mission analysis.
Source: This post is based on the article “Prime Minister to Formally Handover DRDO Designed and Developed Advanced Electronic Warfare Suite ‘Shakti’ for Indian Naval Ships to Chief of Naval” published by PIB on 18th Nov 2021.