Indigenously developed Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) system called ‘Swati’ has been formally handed over to the Army by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Swati has been thoroughly tested along the Line of Control (LoC), and it has proved its worth every time. It has been instrumental in giving a befitting reply to Pakistani aggression in border areas. On several occasions, it has quickly suppressed heavy artillery fire coming from Pakistani side.
Swati has the capability to accurately and quickly detect the location of enemy weapons such as shells, rockets, mortars, etc. It works well even when there might be multiple projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations. Apart from providing location details, Swati can also direct artillery response to destroy the targets from where the enemy fire may be coming. Swati works in a range of 50 km, which makes it effective against most types of artillery guns. Currently, 4 systems have been deployed and 30 more are being readied for the Army.
According to Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Swati carries huge export potential, but it is something that would be considered after fulfilling the Army’s requirement.