Antony asks DRDO to keep abreast with chang­ing tech­nolo­gies


De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony has said that nan­otech­nol­ogy is an emerg­ing field, which can lead to the devel­op­ment of new weapon sys­tems and prod­ucts that can ben­e­fit our na­tion.

Ad­dress­ing a work­shop on nan­otech­nol­ogy in New Delhi re­cently, Antony said the world over, the fo­cus is on re­search & devel­op­ment in nan­otech­nol­ogy. Nan­otech­nol­ogy is likely to find ap­pli­ca­tions in var­i­ous spheres of our life, in­clud­ing de­fence, en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, au­to­mo­biles, health, in­fra­struc­ture, food and agri­cul­ture.

The Min­is­ter said that the Government has de­clared the decade (2010-20) as the decade of in­no­va­tion. “We ex­pect our sci­en­tists to make con­certed ef­forts at mak­ing in­ven­tions, dis­cov­er­ies and in­no­va­tions dur­ing this decade.”

There is a need to adopt a con­glom­er­ate, or a con­sor­tium ap­proach that in­volves aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­tries. All the or­gan­i­sa­tions must act as a co­he­sive team to ex­plore var­i­ous as­pects of nan­otech­nol­ogy for its ap­pli­ca­tion in the devel­op­ment of mis­siles, aero­nau­tics, ar­ma­ments, com­bat ve­hi­cles, ma­te­ri­als and life sup­port sys­tems, the Min­is­ter added.

Antony said that In­dia has proved its strong ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ef­fi­ciency in the fields of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and biotech­nol­ogy. The De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) must make all-out ef­forts to bring about a con­ver­gence of nan­otech­nol­ogy with in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and biotech­nol­ogy, he said.

Antony said the pro­duc­tion of DRDOde­vel­oped sys­tems al­ready in­ducted is worth ` 42,000 crore, and cau­tioned DRDO not to be com­pla­cent and set even higher tar­gets. “To­day, tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing at a rapid pace and DRDO must do its best to keep abreast of the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal changes tak­ing place the world over. If DRDO lags be­hind, the tech­nol­ogy be­ing devel­oped by it will be­come ob­so­lete and it will not be able to pro­vide state-of-the-art equip­ment to our armed forces. Thus, it must be the en­deav­our of all sci­en­tists to be in­no­va­tive and cre­ative in thought and ac­tion.”

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