Criticism of DRDO over delay of projects not fair: Antony

January 9th, 2008 - 4:17 pm ICT by admin  

By Praful Kumar Singh

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony has said that the criticism of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for “time and cost over-run in many projects” is not fair because it has helped India to develop strategic defence weapons and delivery systems, which no country is ready to part with.

Speaking on the occasion to mark the beginning of yearlong celebrations of the Golden Jubilee Year-2008 of the (DRDO), Antony further said that the DRDO has helped India to achieve appreciable level of self-reliance in defence technologies.

Antony appreciated the organisations efforts, and said that a developing country like India, which did not even have a car of its own design till recently, ventured to develop complex system like main battle tank (MBT), light combat aircraft (LCA), missiles and electronic warfare (EW) system.

“I am confident that the DRDO has built the tacit knowledge and capability for system integration within the country. When they venture to make next version of the weapon systems/platforms in future, such delays must be minimised with proper project management and strong review mechanisms,” he added.

Lauding the efforts of the scientists and other members of the DRDO family, Antony said that successful launch of Interceptor Missile System and Agni-III by the DRDO has placed India in the elite club of few developed nations having similar capability.

He said that the DRDO has emerged as a strong Science and Technology force to reckon with a strength of about 30,000 people working in 50 laboratories across the country.

Antony said that the Indian Government is fully committed to enhance the indigenous design, development and production. The international market forces certainly will offer resistance in our endeavour. So, we have to work as a team and encourage private-public partnership to face the challenge globally in order to make our defence industries vibrant.

The Defence Minister asked private sector industries to focus more on research and development capability and quality assurance in manufacturing, thereby contributing in this mission of self-reliance.

Antony praised Scientific Advisor M. K. Natarajans efforts to bring about corporate culture in the DRDO, and said that it is a welcome step to face the emerging challenges.

Meanwhile, Natarajan said that year 2008 is very special for the DRDO and in the last 50 years the DRDO has grown multi-dimensionally.

Commenting on the completion of the Kaveri LCA project, Natarajan said that by 2011 the project would be completed.

Ninety per cent of the performance expectations for the Kaveri LCA project have been accomplished and the DRDO has invited offers for technological collaborations for the continued growth and development of the project.

The year 2008 marks the 50 th year of the DRDOs service to the nation. It was established in 1958 as major technology generator for the country.

The DRDO has made the country self-reliant in strategic defence weapons and delivery system and also provided the nation with array of tactical battlefield systems like LCA, MBT, missiles and EW system. (ANI)

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