Maareech: Anti-Torpedo Decoy System
The Indian Navy has inducted an advanced Anti-Torpedo Decoy System called ‘Maareech’.
• ‘Maareech’ has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and it is capable of detecting, locating and neutralizing incoming torpedo.
• This induction not only stands testimony to the joint resolve of the Indian Navy and DRDO towards indigenous development of defence technology, but has also given a major fillip to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and the country’s resolve to become ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) in niche technology.
• Bharat Electronics Limited, a defence PSU, would undertake the production of this decoy system.
• Anti - Submarine warfare capability of the Indian Navy has received a major boost with the advanced torpedo decoy system. Maareech is capable of being fired from all frontline warships.
How Mareech functions?
‘Maareech’ means ‘Illusion.’ — and that’s exactly how it works.
It creates the illusion of being a much larger target, so that an incoming torpedo’s seeker is lured away from its actual target.
The anti-torpedo system, which is equipped with sonars and expandable decoys, is capable of detecting, confusing, diverting and decoying the incoming torpedoes.
The decoy helps in exhausting the energy of the torpedo by running the later through long and ineffective course and prevents them from homing in to the targeted platform with its advanced counter-measure capabilities.
• Indian Navy has launched Operation “SamudraSetu” - meaning “Sea Bridge”, as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas.
• This operation was launched on May 7, as part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas and has been proactively instituting measures to ensure preparedness to face the challenges posed by the global pandemic of COVID-19.
• So far the Indian Navy ships have repatriated Indian citizens from the neighbouring countries including Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran on Indian Navy Ships — INS Jalashwa, INS Magar& INS Shardul.