New Delhi, June 14: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday released a booklet on the contribution of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Indian Armed and paramilitary forces.
The Indian Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces had been accepted and inducted a number of DRDO developed weapon systems, platforms, dual use equipment. From which some of the important successful tests completed and installed are Tejas fighters, Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) System, Akash Weapon System, SONAR systems and Varunastra Torpedo.
Some other successful tests completed and installed are Bharani Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) Recce Vehicle, AGNI-V, Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM), Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), NAG, Advanced Towed Array Gun (ATAG), Wheeled Armoured platform (WhAP), RUSTOM-II MALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, etc.
The Defence Acquisition Council cleared that the production value of DRDO developed products has grown by 60% in the last three years to approximately Rs 2,57,000 Crore from nearly Rs 1,61,000 Crore.
This year export of torpedo stands at US$ 37.9 million as the export potential of DRDO developed systems has also increased manifolds. This is a step towards achieving self-reliance in critical defence systems and realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’.
On the occasion of the release of the ‘DRDO Key Achievements 2014-17’ compilation, the DRDO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D Dr. S Christopher, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal S B Deo and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence & the DRDO were present.