DRDO chief called upon scientists to focus on next-gen needs

“The immense potential available in DRDO has been a catalyst for the development of industries in the defence manufacturing sector,” said G Satheesh Reddy

New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chief G Satheesh Reddy on Friday asked scientists to focus on next-generation needs including cyber security, space and artificial intelligence.

“The immense potential available in DRDO has been a catalyst for the development of industries in the defence manufacturing sector,” the DRDO Chief said observing the 63rd Foundation Day of its establishment.

Reddy also met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and presented him a model of Akash Missile System, which is recently cleared for export.

While addressing the scientists, Reddy said that the academic institutes, research and development organisations and industry need to work together on the advanced and futuristic technologies to make India self-reliant in the defence sector.

He mentioned that a number of SMEs and MSMEs are supplying small components to subsystems for all DRDO projects and have been nurtured by DRDO.

“Now they have become partners in all new developments,” said the DRDO adding that that the institution conducts a competition dare to dream for startups and very enthusiastic response have been received.

He further added that at least 30 startups should be supported every year to develop innovative products for our forces. He said that DRDO should make efforts towards strengthening long-term ties with the academia and aim to leverage the academic expertise available in the country and increase the synergy with them.

“DRDO should concentrate on applied research and translational research and then make prototypes from the applied research,” Reddy said. He further said, that the industry should be in a position to adopt these technologies and have necessary infrastructure, and scale these up to market with sustained quality.

Chairman DRDO also launched an Online Industry Partner Registration Module to simplify the process of vendor registration.

DRDO was established in 1958 with just 10 laboratories to enhance the research work in Defence sector and was tasked with designing and developing cutting edge defence technologies for Indian Armed Forces.

Today, DRDO is working in multiple cutting edge military technology areas, which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation, engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation, cyber, life sciences and other technologies for defence.

Reddy also said that said that in 2020, DRDO achieved many milestones such as maiden landing of LCA Navy onboard INS Vikramaditya, demonstration of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle, AQuantum Key Distribution and QRNG developments in area of Quantum Technology, Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile, Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo, Anti Radiation Missile, enhanced version of PINAKA Rocket System, Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), Maiden launch of MRSAM, 5.56 x 30 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) and many other milestones.

He also highlighted the contributions of DRDO during Covid pandemic and said that nearly 40 DRDO laboratories developed more than 50 technologies and over 100 products on war footing to develop products and technologies for combating the deadly disease in India.

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