De­fence Min­is­ter’s maiden visit to CVRDE, Chennai


The De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man made her maiden visit to Com­bat Ve­hi­cles Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (CVRDE), Avadi, Chennai, on Oc­to­ber 15, 2017. Chair­man DRDO & Sec­re­tary De­part­ment of De­fence R&D Dr S. Christo­pher and Dis­tin­guished Sci­en­tist & Di­rec­tor, CVRDE Dr P. Si­vaku­mar, made a brief pre­sen­ta­tion on the achieve­ments and on-go­ing na­tional pro­grammes of CVRDE in com­bat ve­hi­cles and tech­nolo­gies.

The dig­ni­taries were taken to var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy cen­tres by Di­rec­tor, CVRDE to wit­ness the prod­ucts and sys­tems/tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped by CVRDE. The De­fence Min­is­ter has evinced keen in­ter­est in the ad­vanced sys­tems like Ar­jun MBT Mk-II, Ar­jun Ar­moured Re­cov­ery and Re­pair Ve­hi­cle (ARRV), Ar­jun Cat­a­pult, un­manned ground ve­hi­cles, sub-sys­tems of LCA Te­jas, land­ing gear, 180 hp en­gine for Rus­tom-II, 1000 hp en­gine for T-72 and 400 hp for BMP-II. The re­spec­tive project lead­ers high­lighted the unique­ness and spe­cial­i­ties of their sys­tems to the dig­ni­taries. Dur­ing this oc­ca­sion, the Min­is­ter re­leased a book namely

Ar­jun MBT – An In­dian Suc­cess Story that de­scribes the en­tire project of Ar­jun MBT Mk-I. In the au­gust pres­ence of the De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and the Chair­man, DRDO, the first pro­to­type of Ar­jun ARRV was handed over by CMD, BEML, Deepak Ku­mar Hota to Di­rec­tor, CVRDE; Di­rec­tor, CVRDE handed over one set of Land­ing Gear along with CEMILAC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to Di­rec­tor, ADE; One set of Power Take Off Shaft to Di­rec­tor, GTRE; and Di­rec­tor, VRDE handed over 180 hp en­gine to Di­rec­tor, ADE.

Nir­mala Sithara­man launched the web­site, ‘DRDO Ro­bot­ics & Un­manned Sys­tems Ex­po­si­tion’ ( for invit­ing the young and tal­ented minds of en­gi­neer­ing com­mu­nity from all parts of the coun­try to take part in De­fence Chal­leng­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. She has also re­leased a book ti­tled Achieve­ments of dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

The De­fence Min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated DRDO fra­ter­nity, in par­tic­u­lar CVRDE, for its un­stinted ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions for the de­fence self-re­liance of the na­tion and ex­pressed her con­fi­dence that DRDO will strive hard to em­power the na­tion fur­ther with ‘Make in In­dia’ con­cept.

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