NEW DELHI, MARCH 3, Reuter: India claimed a technological breakthrough on Thursday after successfully testing radar to detect low flying aircraft.

“The tests are a major technological breakthrough,” a defense ministry official said.

He said the Indian built, low level surveillance systems called Indra1 for the army and Indra2 for the Air force would be introduced soon. He gave no details about their capabilities,

Last month India tested its first surface to surface missile with a range of 250-KM (155 miles).

The official said scientists were also working on developing a radar system for the Navy.

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has laid great stress on defense preparedness, buying ships, submarines, aircraft and guns in the past two years from abroad.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 11, 1988