India starts delivery of SWATHI weapon locating radars to Armenia

India has started the process of delivering Swathi Weapon Locating Radars to Armenia that it had won for $40 million in March 2020. Russian Air Force operated Antonov-124-100 strategic airlifter had landed in Bangalore that was Chartered to ferry the Swathi Weapon Locating Radars on 22nd of this month, aircraft took off on its onward journey on the same day.

As per the agreement, India will supply four SWATHI weapon locating radars, which provide fast, automatic, and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells, and rockets in its 50-km range.

SWATHI, developed by DRDO’s Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), can simultaneously handle multiples projectiles fired from different weapons at different locations. The system is capable of adjusting the fire of our artillery weapon also. The weapon includes 81mm or higher calibre mortars, 105mm or higher calibre shells, and 120mm or higher calibre free flying rockets.

At time of ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Pakistani Social media handles ran a campaign that SWATHI weapon locating radars had underperformed and Armenian Military was not happy with the system even when though, in reality, SWATHI was not delivered back then.

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