DRDO makes several products to help Indian Army withstand sub-zero conditions at LAC

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Due to the border dispute between India and China at the japanese Ladakh, over 50,000 Indian troops are presently deployed within the area battling sub-zero conditions. 

In its effort to help the Army, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a number of products such the Him-Taapak heating units and snow melters to help hold the troopers heat within the extraordinarily low temperatures.

DRDO’s Defence Institute for Physiology and Allied Sciences Director Dr Rajeev Varshney stated that the Him Tapak area heating gadget (Bukhari) has been developed for the Indian Army deployed in Eastern Ladakh, Siachen and excessive altitude areas and it has positioned an order of greater than Rs 420 crores for these home equipment.

“The Indian Army has placed orders worth Rs 420 crores to the manufacturers of this device and they would be deployed in all new habitats of Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), where the temperature is low,” Varshney was quoted as saying by ANI.

“We have developed one improved space heating device named Bukhari. It has three improvements. First is oil consumption in this device is almost half and as per our calculation, we will be able to save almost Rs 3,650 crore in a year. Very soon it will be deployed all the deployment point of Army,” he stated.

“Second, as high altitudes with high wind speed there is a backblast. With this design, there is no backblast. Even if some air is coming to this, the device has three horizontal double-layered plates which can cut the air, so there be no blast. It is a blast-proof Bukhari. The third is that the device is 6 litres capacity device, and combustion is 100 per cent. So, there is no chance that it will produce carbon monoxide and other hazardous gas,” he added.

DIPAS, which conducts physiological and biomedical analysis to enhance human efficiency in excessive and wartime surroundings has additionally developed `Alocal cream` that helps in stopping frostbite chilblains and different chilly accidents to troopers deployed in extraordinarily chilly areas. It has additionally developed a `versatile water bottle` and `Solar Snow Melter`

Further, Dr Varshney stated, “DRDO-developed `Alocal cream` that helps in preventing frostbite, chilblains and other cold injuries to soldiers deployed in extremely cold areas. Every year, Indian Army orders 3 to 3.5 lakh jars of this cream for troops in Eastern Ladakh, Siachen and other areas. Recently we got order of 2 crore jars from Northern command.”

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