Tue. Oct 4th, 2022

An avalanche monitoring radar, the fundamental of its form in India, has been put in in North Sikkim by the army and Defence Geoinformatics and evaluation institution (DGRE). It has the potential to detect avalanches inside three seconds of its set off and might assist in saving lives of troops and lowering harm to property in large extreme altitude areas.

The radar was inaugurated by Lt. Gen. Tarun Kumar Aich, primary Officer Commanding of Sukna-based mostly 33 Corps, on September 20 at one among many forward posts of the army at an altitude of 15,000 ft in North Sikkim, one officer said.

The radar was made operational by DGRE, a laboratory beneath the Defence evaluation enchancment Organisation (DRDO), which is involved in forecasting and mitigation of avalanche hazards confronted by the army inside the Himalayan area.

Explaining its functioning, the officer said the radar makes use of a sequence of brief micro wave pulses, that are scattered on the goal and might detect an avalanche in beneath three seconds. “The radar can completely scan the focused slope for avalanche launch and monitor the path of the avalanche and its dimension in case it is triggered,” he said.

The radar can see by snow, fog as properly as to inside the night, making it an all climate decision. It covers an space of two sq.km, obviating the requirement to place extra devices in dangerous avalanche-inclined areas, the officer elaborated.

The radar is liable to be linked to an alarm system, enabling computerized administration and warning measures in case an avalanche is triggered. photos and movies of the event are robotically recorded for future evaluation by specialists. aside from getting used for detection of avalanches, this radar is liable to be employed to detect landslides, the officer added.


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