DRDO develops Advanced Chaff Technology for Indian Air Force


New Delhi : India’s state owned defence R&D firm Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) against hostile radar threats.

The Chaff material and chaff cartridge-118/I Technology has been developed at DRDO’s Jodhpur Defence Laboratory in collaboration with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), a Pune based laboratory of DRDO. The Indian Air Force has started the process of induction of this technology after completion of successful user trials.

In today’s electronic warfare, survivability of fighter aircraft is of prime concern because of advancement in modern radar threats. To ensure survivability of aircraft, Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) is used which provides passive jamming against Infra-Red and radar threats. Chaff is a critical defence technology used to protect fighter aircraft from hostile radar threats. The importance of this technology lies in the fact that very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as decoy to deflect enemy’s missiles for ensuring safety of the fighter aircraft. The technology has been given to the industry for production in large quantities to meet the annual rolling requirement of the Indian Air Force.

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