DRDO’s Igniter Complex inaugurated at HEMRL, Pune

DRDO’s Igniter Complex inaugurated at HEMRL, Pune

Minister of State for Defence Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune on 05 Nov 2019. High Energy Materials Research Laboratory  (HEMRL) is a premier laboratory of DRDO and primarily engages in developing Rocket and Gun Propellants, Pyrotechnic Devices, High Explosive Systems and synthesis of high energy molecules. 

High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) has created a state of the art facility for design, processing and evaluation of ignition systems. The facility consists of process, assembly & storage buildings and a design centre.  Remotely controlled sophisticated equipments such as Sieve Shaker, Planetary Mixer, Granulating Machine, Pelleting Machine etc are installed in the process buildings. Design, modelling and simulation laboratory; assembly and testing centre are also part of Igniter Complex. The noteworthy developments of the group in recent past are development of cap based ignition system and multipoint simultaneous ignition system. 

Ignition is a crucial and highly critical phenomenon in the ignition chain of Rocket motor. High Energy Materials Research Laboratory has developed various fuel /oxidizer based igniter compositions using organic binders. The laboratory has developed several ignition systems to ensure reliable initiation of rocket motors of various tactical as well as strategic missiles. 

Ignition system for Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Nag, Pinaka, Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), etc. have been designed and developed in High Energy Materials Research Laboratory . Technology for AKASH, Nag missiles and Pinaka Mk-I Rocket has been transferred to Ordnance Factory, Dehu Road, Pune and private industries.

Also present during the inauguration were Director General of Armament Combat Engineering (ACE) Shri P. K. Mehta; Director of High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Shri KPS Murthy; Director, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Dr VV Rao and Chief Construction Engineer Research & Development (West) Shri Aloke Mishra

Source: PIB



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