Focus on Flagship Programmes of National Importance: Defence Minister to DRDO Scientists

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New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated the commitment and dedication of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists and directed that they should focus their energies on flagship programmes of national importance.

Defence Minister Singh on June 14 reviewed the progress of research and development activities in the area of defence technologies at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Headquarters in New Delhi.

He also appreciated the DRDO initiatives to promote academia and industry. The Minister desired that such interaction should be enhanced further to create a greater scientific temper and production base, which would be a driving force for accelerated research and defence manufacturing.

Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy and other senior scientists gave detailed presentation to the Defence Minister. The presentation covered recent achievements, details of major ongoing projects and the roadmap of DRDO.

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Singh was apprised about the DRDO developed cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies and systems accepted by the Armed Forces and those under development.

He also released a publication titled ‘Roadmap of DRDO’, which encapsulated its target for the next 10 years and congratulated DRDO for its singular achievements in strengthening the national defence capabilities and enabling the nation to join a select club of countries having some of the most advanced defence technologies, such as Anti-Satellite Capability, 4.5th Generation Fighter Aircraft, Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&CS), Ballistic Missile Defence Programme, etc.

Earlier, on his arrival at DRDO Bhawan, Shri Singh paid floral tribute at the statue of former President and noted missile scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

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