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De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar vis­ited DRDO’s Dr A.P.J. Ab­dul Kalam Mis­sile Com­plex dur­ing his visit to Hyderabad on Jan­uary 17, 2017. He vis­ited the in­te­gra­tion cen­tre at Re­search Cen­tre Imarat (RCI) and re­viewed the on­go­ing mis­sile tech­nolo­gies and re­lated pro­grammes. Dr S. Christo­pher, Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment and Chair­man DRDO, along with Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to the De­fence Min­is­ter and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Mis­siles and Strate­gic Sys­tems, briefed the De­fence Min­is­ter on var­i­ous tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments.

Par­rikar con­grat­u­lated all DRDO sci­en­tists for the re­cent suc­cess­ful mis­sions in­clud­ing the smart anti-air­field weapon, long-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles Agni-V and Agni-IV, guided Pi­naka and As­tra. He com­pli­mented the Mis­sile Com­plex for in­di­genis­ing var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts and strength­en­ing the de­fence in­dus­trial base in the coun­try.

The De­fence Min­is­ter said, “There is lot of knowl­edge and in­fra­struc­ture base with the DRDO and the same needs to be tapped by the MSME and pri­vate in­dus­tries, which in turn will lead to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a self-re­liant de­fence in­dus­trial ecosys­tem in our coun­try. To­day, the in­dus­tries are sig­nif­i­cantly con­tribut­ing in the re­al­i­sa­tion of var­i­ous de­fence prod­ucts with the knowhow pro­vided by the DRDO and few of them have even grad­u­ated as lead in­te­gra­tors. The part­ner­ship be­tween the DRDO and in­dus­tries is trans­form­ing our coun­try into a global de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing hub. This syn­ergy has pro­vided the much needed thrust for ex­port­ing our de­fence prod­ucts glob­ally. We are tak­ing nec­es­sary ini­tia­tives in this di­rec­tion and I am sure that our state-of-theart mis­siles and weapon sys­tems will gar­ner the much needed in­ter­est in the global mar­kets and gen­er­ate for­eign ex­change.”

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