Archive for the ‘DRDO’ Category

Ficci earnings may soar past Rs 35 cr

February 12, 2007

THE FEDERATION of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) expects to generate revenues in excess of Rs 35 crore from Aero India 2007 – the sixth edition of the international aerospace and defence exhibition. Considering that international aviation majors had to pay more than Rs 50 lakh to the organisers for setting up infrastructure facilities such as exhibition stalls and hospitality chalets alone, the revenue figure of Rs 35 crore appears to be a very conservative figure.

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DRDO opposes it but House panel underlines: you need outside audit

December 28, 2006

The Defence Ministry strongly resisted it. The Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister discarded it as unnecessary. But the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has now categorically rejected both views and recommended that the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) be brought under the audit scrutiny of an “independent and external” panel of experts to make sure that expensive and delayed defence projects don’t remain indefinitely adrift.

The report is scheduled to be tabled in the Budget session of Parliament.

In the report, compiled after detailed testimonies from the military top brass and independent experts over several months, the Standing Committee, chaired by Balasahib Vikhe Patil, has observed, “There is no scientific audit of DRDO projects as such. However, the DRDO has mechanism of feasibility study, design and technology evaluation, project peer review. The Committee observe that inspite of that, a large number of projects are showing inordinate delay and escalation of huge cost. The Committee therefore recommends that in addition to existing audit system, DRDO’s projects must also be audited by external and independent audit group of experts duly approved by the Government of India.”

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DRDO Gives Up on Kaveri, Looks for Foreign Knowhow

December 23, 2006

The DRDO plans to enter into an agreement with a foreign partner for developing the Kaveri engine that will power the light combat aircraft, its Director General M Natarajan said today.

Natarajan said, “The engine developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation is close to about 95 per cent of what we want.

“We are very confident that this engine will reach certain levels of performance but there would be a shortfall of five to seven per cent,” he told reporters at a press conference here addressed by Defence Minister A K Antony.

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The woman face of DRDO

December 23, 2006

She is the woman face of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and brain behind the development of image exploitation system for unmanned aero vehicle (UAV).

M Natarajan, DRDO Director General and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister, described her as an assertive woman scientist, when he was here in the city to inaugurate an international conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing, at the Thiagarajar College of Engineering recently.

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DRDO’s latest: stemming talent exit

December 14, 2006

Bored at the workplace doing the same stuff ? Not for long, at least at the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) where scientists will soon be allowed to choose projects in their area of expertise.

This and many other incentives are in the final stages of approval for all scientists and engineers working in various DRDO laboratories across the country.

The aim is to stem the flow of scientists and researchers to greener pastures. Faced with a high attrition rate and coupled with the failure to attract adequate talent, chief controller of DRDO’s research and development (services interaction), Prahlada, said that the organisation is now putting together a package of monetary and other incentives with the central government’s help.

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Defence scientist calls for steps to market DRDO products

December 14, 2006

Over 85 per cent of technologies developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation had dual use, but could not be marketed as domestic firms lacked faith in Indian technology, its chief said today.

Though the technologies were superior in some fields when compared to world standards, there was reluctance to use them, DRDO chief M Natarajan told a conference on computer vision, graphics, and image processing here.

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India tests Pilotless Target Aircraft in Orissa

December 13, 2006

India on Tuesday successfully tested the indigenously developed Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) Lakhya from a defence base in Orissa for the second time in two days.

It was test flown from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore, 215 km from the state Capital Bhubaneswar, at 12.05 pm.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), this is reportedly an improved version of PTA, which was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2000.

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Missile system yet to be perfected

December 8, 2006

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists were guarded about the successful mid-air missile interception over the Bay of Bengal on November 27, but defended the interception system’s capability against competing products and technologies.

A “good beginning” had been made but only repeated tests would prove the system’s potency. Many more tests were required to intercept missiles on different flight paths. They were yet to increase the interception capability to over 50 km by changing the range parametres or putting the missile on ships. The high closing speed of the interceptor missile left very little reaction time. This implied further improvements. “A single successful experiment does not mean deliverance,” said a scientist. Besides, the DRDO is yet to configure target information delivery from satellites and, therefore, has to depend on ground-based radars. “We have conducted the test to prove the technology. We are yet to convert it into a delivery system because of these reasons,” he added.

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No ‘particular’ but ongoing review of DRDO projects: minister

December 8, 2006

There is no ‘particular’ review of the functioning of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) but its projects and programmes ‘are subjected to regular reviews’ in consultation with outside experts, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Various authorities, including the Programme Management Board, and the Guided Missile Board review the activities of the DRDO, which has come under increasing fire due to slippages and cost overruns, forcing the armed forces to import the bulk of their equipment, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

‘The increase in the DRDO budget, in money terms, has been barely offsetting the inflation. There have been some delays in completion of projects and programmes due to various reasons like technological complexities, embargoes and sanctions imposed by technologically advanced countries, lack of availability of infrastructure in the country, extended and long user trials, and mid-stream change in user requirements,’ he added.

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Missile Defense: Lower Atmosphere Interceptors To Be Developed By DRDO

December 4, 2006

Buoyed by a successful missile interception in higher atmospheric zone, defence scientists are now planning to shoot down incoming warheads, much closer to ground, with a new missile named Pad.

The country’s top Missile Scientist Vijay Kumar Saraswat told a press conference today that “within the next three to four months the DRDO is planning to carry out another missile interception in the endo-atmospheric zone” — a pattern used by the Americans in the development of their Patriot PAC-III anti-missile shield.

“We have demonstrated the technology to defend against incoming ballistic missile threat,” he said, but added it would take another three to four years to develop for the country a full-fledged anti-missile theatre shield.

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