New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday called upon defence scientists to strive for developing cutting-edge technologies indigenously to make India not only self-reliant in defence manufacturing but also a global leader in the field.
Singh was speaking at the inaugural session of the 41st Directors’ Conference of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), with the theme ‘Technology Leadership for Empowering India’, on the occasion of 88th birth anniversary of former President Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
Stressing the need to bridge the technology gap for India to become a global leader in research and development, the minister urged the scientists to focus on technologies that provide cutting edge capability and remain relevant for the next 15-20 years. “There are certain limitations in technology and there is a gestation period for the development of products. It is possible that during the gestation period of complex systems, new technical requirements emerge. Spiral development should be given priority for such systems,” he further said.
Rajnath Singh added that through initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, investment facilitation, skills enhancement, intellectual property protection and manufacturing infrastructure, the Government is leaving no stone unturned to make India a global manufacturing hub in near future.
Describing DRDO as the main centre for indigenous R&D, Raksha Mantri said, DRDO is committed to the progressive enhancement of self-sufficiency in strategic defence systems & infrastructure. He expressed confidence that the world-class weapon platforms and systems like combat vehicles, missiles, multi-barrel rocket launcher, unmanned aerial vehicle, radar, electronic warfare systems, combat aircraft, propellants & explosives, will help in making India self-reliant in the defence sector.
He congratulated DRDO for achieving all targets earmarked for 100 days and lauded the organisation for setting a target to become fully self-reliant in the next five years. He commended DRDO for its vast contribution in providing direct and indirect employment and helping the people as well as Armed Forces personnel in far-flung areas such as Ladakh.
Remembering Dr Kalam, the ‘Missile Man of India’, Rajnath Singh said, the former President’s contribution in the Space Research & Missile Development Program helped India find a place in top countries known for their indigenous capabilities. He described DRDO, which started on a mission mode, as the symbol of capability and courage, similar to the life of Dr Kalam. The Minister said that DRDO has made the country strong and secure by providing cutting edge technologies and internationally competitive systems to the Armed Forces.
Rajnath Singh also gave away awards to winners of ‘Dare to Dream’ contest organised by DRDO. He also launched a new and improved website of DRDO. In addition to that, Raksha Mantri released a ‘Policy on DRDO Patents’ and three compendia on the occasion.
National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, Secretary Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy addressed the gathering. Secretary (Defence Production) Subhash Chandra, eminent scientists and senior officials of Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion.