Coimbatore: A 10-meter long periscope, indigenously developed for a nuclear reactor at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam and claimed to be the longest in the world, was on Monday dedicated to the nation.
   
The Rs 3.9 crore periscope, manufactured by city-based Visual Education Aids (P) Ltd (VEA) in colloboration with IGCAR and others, was handed over to Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (Bhavini), Kalpakkam, by IGCAR Director S C Chetal here.
   
The periscope was the longest in the world and would be used in the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor to view the objects inside the reactor during maintenance, Chetal said.
   
VEA Director J Balu said the periscope, to be taken to Kalpakkam soon, can be remotely operated and also has motorised facilities for scanning the area of interest and image zooming and rotation.
   
The Applied Spectroscopy Division, Division of Remote Handling and Robotics and Centre for Design and Manufacture of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai were also involved in the two-year long project, Balu said.

(Agencies)