Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with Indian Navy, conducted the successful maiden flight trial of SAHAYAK-NG air-droppable container.
SAHAYAK-NG is India’s first indigenously designed and developed air-droppable container and the flight trial was carried out from Navy’s Ilyushin Il-38SD Sea Dragon maritime patrol aircraft off the coast of Goa.
The trial was conducted by Indian Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships which are deployed more than 2000 km from the coast. It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the coast to collect spares and stores.
SAHAYAK-NG is an advanced version of SAHAYAK Mk I. The newly developed GPS aided air dropped container is having the capability to carry a payload that weighs upto 50 kg and can be dropped from heavy aircraft.
Two DRDO laboratories, Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) based in Visakhapatnam and Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE) based in Agra, were involved in the development of SAHAYAK-NG container along the industry partner Avantel for GPS integration.