DRDO, armed forces should work in tandem: Antony

June 4th, 2008 - 12:30 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) India’s premier Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the armed forces should work in tandem to ensure synergy and achieve self-reliance in military hardware, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Tuesday. “The DRDO has a crucial role in ensuring strategic defence with the delivery of suitable systems to the nation. The DRDO and armed forces have to work with greater synergy to achieve the goal of self-reliance,” Antony said at a meeting here of parliament’s consultative committee attached to the defence ministry.

The minister applauded the DRDO for taking a significant step towards developing a ballistic missile defence shield when on Dec 6, 2007 an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile “killed” an incoming hostile missile off the Orissa coast.

“With this India joined an elite club consisting of nations such as USA, Russia, China and Israel who possess this capability,” Antony pointed out.

Listing the other achievements of the DRDO, the minister said it had also developed tactical systems such as missiles and radars, electronic warfare systems, sonars and torpedoes, besides the Tejas light combat aircraft, the Arjun main battle tank and the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

“A country like India cannot go on depending on one country or the other for its defence requirements as we have had bitter experiences in the past,” the minister maintained.

“Nations are unwilling to part with strategic defence technologies, or at best willing to provide previous generation tactical systems and that too on unacceptable terms and conditions. In such a scenario, there is a strong need to optimize self-reliance in these areas,” Antony added.

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