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India’s first Avalanche Monitoring Radar installed in Sikkim

India’s first Avalanche Monitoring Radar installed in Sikkim 


Gangtok The Indian Army and the Defence Geoinformatics and Research Establishment( DGRE) have concertedly installed the Avalanche Monitoring Radar, first of its kind in India, in north Sikkim, defence officers said on Friday. 

Besides being used for discovery of avalanches, this radar can also be employed to descry landslides. 

Defence spokespersonLt. Col Mahendra Rawat said that the radar was start by Tri Shakti Corps commander, Lt Gen Tarn Kumar Aich, at one of the forward posts of the army at an altitude of,000 bases in morth Sikkim.  

This radar has the capability to descry avalanches within three seconds of their triggering and will help in saving precious life of colors and civilians as also vehicles in super high altitude areas, he said. 

Col Rawat said that the avalanche radar was made functional by Defence Research and Development Organisation’s sect DGRE, which is involved in soothsaying and mitigation of avalanche hazards faced by Indian Army in the Himalayan region. 

He said that this radar uses a series of short micro surge beats which are scattered at the target and can descry an avalanche in lower than three seconds. 

The radar, which can permanently overlook the targeted pitch for avalanche release and track its path and its size in case it's touched off, can “ see ” through snow, fog as well as in the night, making it an all rainfall result and covers an area of two sq/ km preventing the demand to place fresh instruments in dangerous avalanche prone areas. 

The radar is also linked to an alarm system enabling automatic control and warning measures in case an avalanche is touched off. Images and vids of the event are automatically recorded for unborn analysis by the experts. 

In an area where frequentness of avalanches are high, the radar will go a long way in securing the life of colors stationed in hostile terrain andsub-zero temperatures while at the same time limiting damage to vehicles and outfit at similar snowbound high- mound area.

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