On Tuesday, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been impelling for indigenisation, urges scientists in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to establish a system in the country where all defence equipment can be manufactured in India.
Mr. Singh said, “The DRDO has empowered the country with cutting edge technology.”
While addressing the 41st DRDO Conference in Delhi, the Defence Minister has said that despite various restrictions and limited capabilities, the DRDO has succeeded in developing a variety of systems, technologies, and products needed to enhance the forces.
Pushing to reduce dependency on imports of defence equipment, Mr. Singh said that “we will have to focus on research work to emerge as the global leader in defence technologies. And for this, it is important to improve continuously in order to maintain operational superiority.”
Rajnath Singh pays tribute to later President APJ Abdul Kamal, “I express my gratitude to APJ Abdul Kalam on his 88th birth anniversary. He was an acknowledged scientist. His contribution to research and missile development brought India in a list of countries known for their indigenous capabilities.”
“I am happy that DRDO has achieved the targets set for 100 days. They have also identified milestones to commemorate the 75 years of independence. It is also heartening to note that they have added to their strength in order to achieve complete self-reliance in the coming years,” added Mr. Singh.
While speaking on the event, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has said that armies that were better equipped called for the shots and decides the destiny of mankind. He continued that “they were always the one which had higher technologies. India’s own historical experience on this has been sad, we were the runner-up. There is no trophy for the runner-up.”
Mr. Doval has stressed that either one is better than rival or one is not there at all, adding that “in the modern world, technology and money are two things which will influence geopolitics.” He further said that stressed that technology has to be need-based.
“We along with our defence services and intelligence agencies have to make a hard assessment of our needs which will give us an edge over our adversaries,” said Mr. Doval.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has complimented the DRDO for making strides in ensuring that the requirements of services are met through home-grown solutions, adding that “we will fight and win the next war through indigenised weapons systems and equipment.”
General Rawat continued that the DRDO has made major strides to ensure that requirements of services are met to offer various systems like mines, artillery gun systems, and anti-tank missile systems. He also showed confidence that future wars will be won with indigenous systems.
In his address, Chief Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh has stated that the Indian Navy is efficiently using Maareech, TAL, Varunastra, Ushus, and various other DRDO developed systems as well.
Mr. Singh stated that technologies and warfare are synonymous and undergo rapid changes. Hence, these must be factored during the design stage.
While speaking on the event, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria has said that technology leadership is what defines the Defence Research and Development Organisation. He further mentioned that the DRDO has been able to gain the objectives of self-reliance to a great extent in the past seven decades. Mr. Bhadauria has praised the role of DRDO in Electronic Warfare Technologies, composite materials for LCA, Astra, radars, AEW&C, and various other technologies.
He further appreciated the capabilities of LCA Tejas and urged the DRDO to develop next-generation aircraft AMCA, channeling the technologies and experiences of LCA.
The Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, Satheesh Reddy has spoken about the successful development of ASAT, ASTRA, BrahMos, SAAW, Arjun MBT Mk 1A, MPR, Nag missile, LLTR Ashwini, and 46-meters Modular Bridge. He continued that the theme for the 41st DRDO Directors’ Conference is technology leadership for empowering India, in line with the need to develop indigenous systems with advanced technologies.
Rajnath Singh has also released two compendia namely the DRDO Products with Potential for Export, and the DRDO-Industry Partnership: Synergy and Growth. The DRDO Policy and Procedures for Transfer of Technology to support the industry was also released by the Defence Minister of India.
He has further launched the new website of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).