Successful trials of Sahayak Air Droppable Containers was undertaken from IL-38 aircraft off Goa in the Arabian Sea on 08 Jan 19. Sahayak Containers will enhance Operational Logistics capability of Indian Navy and will provide the wherewithal to supply spares and stores to ships which are deployed more than 2000 Km from coast. This will reduce the requirement of ships to close coast for collecting spares and stores, thereby increasing the deployment duration.
These cylindrical container are indigenously developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory and Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO.
A test payload of 50 Kg was dropped in the container, which descended to the sea with the help of a parachute. With the success of these trials, series production of Sahayak containers and parachutes would be undertaken.