DRDO unveiled a medium size Aerostat Surveillance System seen moored at Agra on December 28, 2010.
DRDO has developed a state-of-the-art medium size helium filled Aerostat that is capable of carrying electro-optic and COMINT payloads for surveillance. ELINT and RADAR payloads are also being indigenously developed for the system.
The system has been designed, developed and integrated by the Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra Cantt
It successfully test flown up to one km altitude at Agra over several days. Trials of the system were concluded on Saturday, December 25, 2010.
The aerostat carried out surveillance all over Agra and intercepted a variety of communications.
ADRDE has earlier worked on parachutes, lighter than air systems, floatation systems and aircraft arrester barriers. It has developed and supplied various types of parachutes for wide range of applications viz. Paradropping men, weapons, Combat Vehicles, Stores etc, braking of fighter Aircraft and Recovery of payloads pertaining to missiles, UAV and space missions.
Over the last few years, ADRDE has diversified into the field of lighter-than-Air (LTA) technologies and developed small and medium size Aerostats. Recently,