An avalanche monitoring radar, the first of its kind in India, has been installed in North Sikkim by the Army and Defence Geoinformatics and Research Establishment (DGRE).
The radar uses a series of short micro wave pulses, which are scattered at the target and can detect an avalanche in under three seconds. The radar is also linked to an alarm system, enabling automatic control and warning measures in case an avalanche is triggered.
This radar capable of operating in any weather and will assist in saving lives of troops and reducing damage to property in super high altitude areas. It covers an area of two sq km without the help of any other equipment. Besides being used for detection of avalanches this radar can also be employed to detect landslides.