India defence research agency DRDO develops advanced chaff technology for air force

Photo: India’s newly developed Chaff Technology for air force jets.

New Delhi: India‘s defence research agency has developed an advanced chaff technology for the air force that will aid in safeguarding fighter jets against hostile radar threats. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started the process of induction of this technology after completion of successful user trials.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), through its Defence Laboratory Jodhpur, has developed the chaff material and chaff cartridge-118/I in collaboration with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), a Pune-based laboratory of DRDO, meeting qualitative requirements of IAF.

Photo: Chaff cartridge 118/I

“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,” a Ministry of Defence statement on the DRDO’s technology development said.

“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 statement said.

“The technology has been given to the industry for production in large quantities to meet the annual rolling requirement of the Indian Air Force.”


India’s Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh lauded DRDO, IAF and the industry for the indigenous development of this critical technology, terming it as one more step of DRDO towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ in strategic defence technologies.

DRDO Chairman and Department of Defence Research and Development Secretary Dr G. Satheesh Reddy congratulated the teams associated with the successful development of this advanced technology that will further strengthen the Indian Air Force.

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