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DRDO, ARDEC to join hands for safer ammo production
Mubarak Ansari | Friday, 17 February 2017 AT 11:35 AM IST
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PUNE:
The Defence Research & Development Organisation’s High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and the United States of America-based Army R&D Engineering Centre (ARDEC) recently signed an agreement to develop environmental-friendly initiatory compositions together to meet the ever-increasing challenges of safety and hazardous operations involved in the production of ammunition.

Scientists of both laboratories will be working independently on synthesis and characterisation of various green primary compounds and sharing information and technology for mutual benefits under the agreement.

The HEMRL, established in 1960 at Sutarwadi on the outskirts of Pune, is a pioneer in the country for research and development of energetic materials for defence applications.

Many technologies have been successfully developed since its inception and have been in production for military arsenals.

Scientific contributions made by this laboratory are highly acclaimed internationally and it is recognised as a postgraduate research centre. The lab has developed several energetic materials and processing technologies through several collaborative programmes.

A team of delegates from the ARDEC, Department of Defense, the USA visited the HEMRL on February 14 and 15 to discuss developments under the ongoing collaborative research activities on green explosives in India and US. The know-how developed by both the establishments on some key technologies have been exchanged.

“The US team expressed their satisfaction on the progress made so far and assured that the collaborative work would be completed well within the time schedule. The research efforts are likely to culminate in development of less hazardous green initiatory compositions with enhanced performance. The discussions also included recent advancements in low vulnerable munitions,” stated an HEMRL press release.

“Such collaborations play a vital role to fill the technological gaps and cut down the long development cycles involved in evolving new energetic materials and technologies. The work being carried out under the present arrangement would pave way to develop insensitive munitions, thereby enhancing safety for personnel involved in the production, handling, and operations,” said the release.
 
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