Rajnath reviews progress on R&D in area of critical defence technologies

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the progress of research and development activities in the area of critical defence technologies at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) headquarters here today.
DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy and other senior scientists gave a detailed presentation to the Minister. The presentation covered recent achievements, details of major ongoing projects and the roadmap of DRDO. 
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 appreciated the commitment and dedication of DRDO scientists and directed that they should focus their energies on flagship programmes of national importance. He also lauded the DRDO initiatives to promote interaction between academia and industry.
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, he added.
The Minister also released a publication titled ‘Roadmap of DRDO’, which encapsulated its target for the next ten years. He 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, and so on.
Earlier, on his arrival at DRDO Bhawan, Singh paid floral tributes at the statue of former President and noted missile scientist A P J Abdul Kalam.

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