DRDO chief M Natarajan visiting the IRDE laboratory and being shown an in-development Mark-2 version of the lab’s EON-51 Electro-Optical Fire Control System (EOFCS) for the Indian Navy. According to DRDO literature, the improved MK-II has has a gyro-stabilised electro-optical director with three electro-optical sensors (
second generation thermal imager, high repetition rate laser rangefinder, high resolution CCD camera, and operator control console). The EOFCS is capable of passive search, detection, and tracking of targets operating at sea and strategic shore installation, shore navigation during silent radar operation, accurate target tracking and ranging, day and night gun fire control solution for weapon delivery. Photo at left shows image of ship at 9-km.
Oh, by the way, later today, an official announcement will be made appointing Pradeep Kumar the next Defence Secretary. Incumbent Vijay Singh, currently in Paris with the PM’s delegation, retires at the end of the month. Pradeep Kumar is currently Secretary, Defence Production.
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