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MISSILES AND STRATEGIC SYSTEMS

     MSS cluster headquartered at Hyderabad and        • Solid propulsion
headed by Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Distinguished          • Advanced composites
Scientist, develops some of the most sophisticated     • Aerodynamics, thermo-structural designs and
and technically complex and challenging technologies
in the field of propulsion, navigation, guidance,         computational fluid dynamics
and controls in addition to explosives. These are
today an integral part of modern warfare. The          • System integration and launch technologies
three wings of Armed Forces require missiles
with specific capability in terms of range, launch     Defence Research and Development
platform, type of guidance and warhead. DRDO           Laboratory (DRDL)
has been working diligently in the development
and delivery of strategic as well as tactical missile       DRDL Hyderabad, has been entrusted with
systems for the Armed Forces. The MSS cluster          the design and development of various types of
comprises following five laboratories, viz.:           missile systems simultaneously, leading to limited
                                                       series production (LSP). The Laboratory has been
• Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad         instrumental in R&D of tactical missile system.
• Defence Research and Development Laboratory
                                                       Core Competence/Thrust Areas
   (DRDL), Hyderabad
                                                       • Design and development of missile systems
• Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur
• Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad                 - medium range surface-to-air; short range
• Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL),         quick reaction surface-to-air; anti-tank; land,
                                                          air, surface and sub-surface launched against
   Chandigarh                                             ships and land targets in supersonic cruise
                                                          mode
Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL)
                                                       • Technologies developed in liquid/solid/
     ASL Hyderabad, was formed to give impetus
to design, development, and realisation of long-          ramjet propulsions, supersonic combustors,
range strategic missile systems in the country.           aerodynamic/aero thermal design and testing
Its mission is to design, develop and induct long         of aerospace structures, precision aerospace
range Agni series missiles. Four major missiles           manufacturing, computational fluid dynamics,
Agni-I, Agni-II, Agni-III & Agni-IV are inducted          communication for mission networking
into the Services. The Laboratory is also responsible
for the development of high performance solid          • Guided weapon system modeling and simulation
propulsion systems, aerospace mechanisms and           • System integration and checkout
advanced composite structures for all the missile      • Hypersonic research
programmes of DRDO. Some of the major facilities       • Down-range instrumentation including airborne
established are Advanced Composites and High
Temperature Composite Product Development                 telemetry systems, instrumentation for ship-
Centres, Solid Propellant Processing Plant, Launch        launched missions
Complex at Dhamra, Centre for Advanced Systems
and Missile Lauch Sites.                               Integrated Test Range (ITR)

Core Competence/Thrust Areas                                ITR Chandipur, provides flight test facilities
                                                       and range Instrumentation for short and
• Re-entry technologies                                medium range missile systems, to provide
• Mission design and analysis, long range              data for post flight analysis within 30 min of
                                                       completing a mission. It has supported major
   missile guidance design                             missions of Agni, Prithvi, Trishul, Akash,
                                                       Nag, Astra, BrahMos, Air Defence Program,
                                                       Nirbhay, PTA, Pinaka, bomb drop trials and
                                                       dummy warhead trials.

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