The Army will start testing indigenously developed weapon locating radar (WLR) for "internal evaluation" to further the "shoot and scoot" doctrine using self-propelled guns and artillery to loosen up defense before an offensive onslaught into hostile territory. Co-developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Defence Research and Development Organisation, the system will greatly assist targeting hidden enemy guns and artillery.
The Army sorely felt the absence of WLR systems during the 1999 Kargil conflict where artillery had a major role to loosen enemy strongholds on well-fortified stone walls. Soon after the war, the Army went on overdrive to acquire 12 US-built AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder radars and have already deployed some of them.
The new radar is based on the Rajendra-phased radar system that is already deployed in the Indian armed forces after engineers accidentally noticed during an anti-missile Akash missile test, that the Rajendra system could detect and tract artillery shells. This finding spurred the DRDO to develop an indigenous WLR.
Mounted upon Tatra, an all-terrain and all-climate vehicle, the system can track small and heavy artillery as well as mortar shells at any angle and has a range of 15 kilometers using advanced algorithms and state-of-the-art hardware and software. The system can apparently detect the presence of such weapons after the first fire and transmit enough data for retaliatory strikes before the enemy redeploys.