DRDO sets up world's Highest Terrestrial Research Centre in Ladakh

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre near Pengong Lake at Changla in Ladakh.
The centre dubbed as Extreme Altitude Research Centre is located at 17,600 feet above mean sea level and was inaugurated by Director General of DRDO Dr S Christopher.
Key features

  • Leh based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) was nodal DRDO establishment to established this centre.
  • The centre will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving endangered and rare medical plants for future generations.
  • Large number of Life Sciences activities will be undertaken at this centre.
  • It will be as an important utility for research work in frontal areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well-being of the soldiers deployed in high altitude cold desert.
  • It will also provide unique opportunity to other establishments and labs of DRDO for evaluation and testing of electronics and communication devices.
  • It will serve as testing ground of various materials for high altitude applications including UAV’s micro engines, batteries and fuel cells, high altitude clothing etc. in naturally occurring extreme cold conditions at Changla.



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  • billy

    what a wonderful place to work at. the view must be great in the day and at nite. look at all thous stars. the things you are testing should prove very helpful. and a great place to save plants for the future. yes money well spend. and people at high places around the world will win. good job thanks. oh if you need anybody to make coffee or sweep floors or run outside and look at the stars or in the daytime to say i can see for very long ways. Iam your man at 73 Iam still kicking or just do tests on old people. I think 14,000 feet has been my limit so far in life. whats a few feet more. I see a lot of good at what you do there.