Indian Navy conducts successful maiden test trial of SAHAYAK-NG Air Dropped Container


According to a statement published by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on December 30, 2020, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of ‘SAHAYAK-NG’ India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft (Indian Navy) off the coast of Goa.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 India Air Force has conducted the successful maiden test trial of ‘SAHAYAK-NG’ India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container. (Picture source DRDO)


The trial was conducted by the Indian Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships that are deployed more than 2,000 km from the coast. It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the coast to collect spares and stores.

Two DRDO laboratories i.e. NSTL, Visakhapatnam and ADRDE, Agra were involved in the development of SAHAYAK-NG container along with the industry partner M/s Avantel for GPS integration. 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 up to 50 kg and can be dropped from heavy aircraft.

Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO scientists, the Indian Navy, and the associated industry partners involved in the successful maiden trial.


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