India’s DRDO steps up efforts against Covid-19

8 April 2020 (Last Updated July 17th, 2020 11:25)

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India has joined the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as the number of cases in the country crosses 5,000.

India’s DRDO steps up efforts against Covid-19
DRDO Headquarters in New Delhi, India. Credit: Imahesh3847.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India has joined the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as the number of cases in the country crosses 5,000.

The ordnance manufacturer has stepped up efforts to produce medical equipment in collaboration with other industry partners across India.

According to The Times of India report, DRDO’s Vehicle Research Development Establishment (VRDE) has developed a personnel sanitisation enclosure (PSO).

It is an electrically operated pump that can be used for quick disinfection.

Additionally, the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad and the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) in Chandigarh has developed a lightweight full face mask.

Currently, TBRL produces around one thousand face shields every day.

DRDO has also received an order of 10,000 face masks from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh and Employees’ State Insurance (ESIC) in Hyderabad, the publication noted.

Furthermore, the Centre for Fire Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES) in Delhi has delivered two configurations of sanitising equipment, of which one is portable and can be mounted as a backpack. The other trolley-mounted system can be used decontaminate a 3,000m² area.

These two systems have already been deployed by the Delhi Police.

DRDO has also built a bio-suit for frontline workers in India and is currently producing 7,000 suits per day.

Another DRDO laboratory in Gwalior delivered a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Permeable Suit MK V for armed and disaster relief forces.

Formed in 1958, DRDO operates as the research and development arm of India’s Defence Ministry.

Last year, the organisation tested Nag anti-tank guided missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges.