An Indian firm Kaynes has developed a technology which allows missiles to self-destruct after the launch, if it veers off-course or if it detects unauthorized access to controls.
A senior DRDO official was quoted as saying by TOI on Monday that the company has developed an Electronic Safe Arm Fire Systems (ESAFS) ballistic missile actuator unit, which is being evaluated by DRDO's missile teams for integration into various platforms.
Kaynes' system consists of two processor cards and one communication/connector card that carries the commands, and facilitates relay control.
"Not only can the missile be self-destructed after launch, it also has a feature wherein it destroys itself upon recognizing unauthorized access," the official explained. Apart from the self-destruction feature, the system also helps prevent tampering and is able to function in most conditions.
"It's thermal, humidity, vibration and shock-compliant," he added. Kaynes vice-president (business development) Lt Col (retd) Sharath Bhatt said, "What such technologies mean is that India will have its own intellectual property in critical areas and will not have to depend on other countries".