DURGA-2: Directionally Unrestricted Ray Gun Array System

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is reported to be testing a prototype of its DURGA-2 (Directionally Unrestricted Ray Gun Array) system.

About DURGA-2

  • It damages or destroys its target using focused energy by means of lasers, microwaves or particle beams.
  • Advantages: These weapons have several advantages over conventional munitions.
    • They transmit lethal force at the speed of light (about 300,000 kilometers per second).
    • Their beams are not affected by the constraining effects of gravity or atmospheric drag.
    • They are extremely precise. Fourth, their effects can be tailored by varying the type and intensity of energy delivered against targets.
  • Significance
    • The aerospace industry can transform the way wars will be fought.
    • This will enable us to produce cutting edge platforms, weapons, sensors, and networks essential to fight and win a future war.

Other countries which have this system: Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, and China.

Q1: What are Tactical Nuclear Weapons?

They are nuclear weapons used for specific tactical gains on the battlefield. They are intended to devastate enemy targets in a specific area without causing widespread destruction and radioactive fallout.

Source: Cost and benefit: Israel’s very expensive defence against aerial threats