Par­rikar asks DRDO to fo­cus on core de­fence tech­nol­ogy ar­eas


The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar asked the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) sci­en­tists to con­cen­trate on core ac­tiv­i­ties fac­tor­ing the de­fence tech­nol­ogy re­quire­ments of the armed forces. He asked DRDO to in­volve the in­dus­try in pro­duc­ing the tech­nolo­gies which they have de­vel­oped. “Hand-hold the in­dus­try to make some prod­ucts which you may have de­vel­oped”, he said.

Ad­dress­ing the 39th Di­rec­tors’ Con­fer­ence, Par­rikar said the close in­ter­face of DRDO with Navy in de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts is well ma­tured. DRDO should now de­velop sim­i­lar level of in­ter­face with the In­dian Army and the In­dian Air Force.

The De­fence Min­is­ter said there is a po­ten­tial of $1 bil­lion worth of ex­ports of tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts de­vel­oped by DRDO in two to three years.

The meet­ing was at­tended among oth­ers by the Chief of Air Staff and Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha, the Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan and Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to Rak­sha Mantri Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha said our vi­sion­ary fore­fa­thers had con­cep­tu­alised DRDO as the prime in­stru­ment for gain­ing strate­gic in­de­pen­dence for In­dia through in­di­geni­sa­tion and de­vel­op­ment of core/crit­i­cal tech­nolo­gies. He said DRDO has been able to achieve the ob­jec­tives of self-re­liance to a great ex­tent in the past seven decades. While he touched upon the suc­cess sto­ries of mis­siles and radars, he urged the sci­en­tists to treat dis­ap­point- ments as chal­lenges and con­vert them into greater op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of DRDO Dr S. Christo­pher said the year 2014-15 was marked by a num­ber of achieve­ments in ev­ery tech­nol­ogy clus­ter. He said the cur­rent value of pro­duc­tion or­ders or the De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) cleared sys­tems from the DRDO sta­ble stands at ` 1,79,000 crore, which does not in­clude strate­gic sys­tems.

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