Hyderabad: Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said India has the longest towed artillery gun system in the world with a range of over 48 km . The final trials were underway and very soon he would be inducted into the armed forces, he said. “It was a technology that eluded us before, but we could develop our own type now. I can proudly say that it is the longest range weapon in the world,” Satheesh Reddy said here on Thursday.
He was giving an online lecture on “Accelerating Defense R&D for Atmanirbhar Bharat” as part of the Administrative Staff College of India’s public lecture series. Speaking on the occasion, he said that India is poised to join the ranks of the world’s key countries in the coming years in the manufacture and export of defense products.
Already, steps have been taken in this direction. Over the past decades, research has shown that India has achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing missiles, radars, aircraft, military vehicles and communications systems, he said. Similarly, India was among the first countries in the world to have ballistic missile defense systems. After the United States, Russia and China, India has established itself as the country with the system of direct demolition of satellites.
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“Gradually, we are moving from importing to exporting defense products. We are working to develop all systems to be equipped with AI technology,” said Satheesh Reddy, revealing that the updated BrahMos system was successfully launched again on Thursday.
A lot of activity has been picked up in cyberspace solutions. This space cannot be ignored and to ensure secure solutions, many things including hardware, software and operating systems are being developed, he said. “Similarly, we encourage private companies to manufacture defense products. DCPP (Development from Production – Partner) policy has been introduced,” said Sateesh Reddy, adding that a few missile and bomb manufacturing projects have already been sanctioned by some private companies in Hyderabad.
That aside, nearly two thousand companies were currently in defense product manufacturing across the country.
According to him, as instructed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, five specialized labs have been set up in five locations including Hyderabad to encourage young scientists under the age of 35 to further promote research in the defense sector. ASCI President Padmanabhayya said only 1% of GDP was spent on research. He said the DRDO has a crucial role to play in strengthening the national defense system.
The lecture was attended by the Director General (in charge) of ASCI, Dr. Nirmalya Bagchi and others.
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