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Defence Minister reviews working of DRDO, asks it to focus on flagship programmes

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo: PTI.

NEW DELHI (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday visited the headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation here and reviewed its work in fulfilling requirement of the armed forces.

Officials said Singh appreciated the commitment and dedication of DRDO scientists and directed them to focus on flagship programmes of national importance.

The defence minister also released a publication titled 'Roadmap of DRDO', which encapsulated its target for the next ten years.

Singh was given a detailed presentation by DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy and other senior scientists on various projects being implemented by the organisation, officials said.

"The presentation covered recent achievements, details of major ongoing projects and the roadmap of DRDO," the defence ministry said.

It said 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.

"The defence minister appreciated the commitment and dedication of DRDO scientists and directed that they should focus their energies on flagship programmes of national importance," said the ministry.

Singh also appreciated the DRDO's initiatives to promote collaboration with academia and industry, and desired that such interaction should be enhanced to create a greater scientific temper and production base.

He also congratulated DRDO for its singular achievements in strengthening the national defence capabilities and enabling the nation to join a select club of countries by coming out with advanced defence technologies such capability to take down satellites in space.

In March, India carried out an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) test by shooting down a live satellite. With the A-SAT test, India joined a select group of countries to have capability to shoot down a satellite.

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