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Saturday, 04 June 2011
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today said the country must acquire missile capability with a reach of 5,000 kms. Addressing a gathering here today after presenting the DRDO awards, Shri Antony called upon the defence scientists to soon deliver the Agni-V missile.

Speaking to reporters later Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Raksha Mantri and Director General Defence Research, said that the Agni-V test launch will take place before this year end.

"DRDO must demonstrate its capability to reach the range of 5000 kms at the earliest. The interceptor missile development programme has taken India to an elite club of nations that possess the capability to demonstrate and deploy missile defence. DRDO should now work towards developing a credible Ballistic Missile Defence for our country," said Antony.

The Defence Minister hoped that the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will soon get the Final Operation Clearance.

“After getting the Initial Operational Clearance given for LCA Tejas, it is moving towards final operational clearance. I am sure DRDO and our Indian Air Force will work together to provide Tejas on schedule. This capability of building a Light Combat Aircraft for the Air Force has also led to its variants for Navy and a Trainer version.”

Shri Antony also called for minimizing procedural delays and asked the DRDO and the Services to be more accommodative of each other’s needs and potential.

“Our singular objective is to achieve self sufficiency through indigenization in the defence sector to the maximum extent. This will be possible only if all the participants - DRDO, DPSUs, the Armed Forces and the private sector come together to contribute to the defence sector in equal measure. Our Armed Forces, DRDO and the defence industry should hold frequent consultations with each other at every stage of designing, manufacturing and production of equipment.”

Pointing out the delay in the development of Main Battle Tank ‘Arjun’ Mark-II and ‘Kaveri’ engine for the LCA Tejas, the Defence Minister said the DRDO must reorient itself to survive in a fiercely competitive world.

“A strong competitive spirit is crucial for achieving excellence in any field - including defence sector. Modern day customers have become highly demanding and will not be satisfied with anything but the best, cost-effective product and good service.

DRDO must similarly strive to meet the high standards of quality and technology for its end users - our Armed Forces. You ought to make the satisfaction of the end user the litmus test of your endeavours. This objective can be achieved only through a judicious blend of creativity and innovation for developing high quality products and implementing projects on time.”

At the same time the Defence Minister called upon the Armed Forces “to show more confidence in indigenous capabilities”.

Shri Antony said that at times the Services put up with imported weapons having major shortcomings or rejects, therefore, they should be little more reasonable with indigenous systems having shortcomings. At the same time DRDO should live up to the expectation and exacting standards of Services, he added.

In his address Dr. Saraswat said that the DRDO is focused on futuristic technology development and a roadmap ‘Defence Technology Vision 2050’ is being framed. This document is expected to be ready in another one-and-a-half-year. Dr Saraswat said the DRDO is now working on designing a 1500 horsepower and engine and artillery guns of 155 mm calibre.

Earlier Shri Antony presented the DRDO Technology awards for the year 2010. There are as many as four women among the 20 presented the ‘Scientist of the Year’ award.

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